The 60’s may have had Beatlemania, but the 21st century has BTS-fever.
Originating from South Korea, BTS, otherwise known as The Bangtan Boys, consists of 7 members who are well-loved for their voices, dancing, and charming looks. They’ve made a splash in just about every corner of the globe and broken dozens of musical records along the way. In their home country, their record Map of the Soul: Persona became the best-selling record ever.
Perhaps the boy-band’s most notable achievement is the enormous fan base, dubbed “ARMY.” Being part of the ARMY is no easy feat. With so many hits to follow and band members to fan over, a true BTS fan has to be dedicated and passionate. Here are 12 signs you may be a real ARMY member:
1. Your Youtube Page is Mostly BTS Videos
With music videos raking in hundreds of millions of views, BTS keeps Youtube busy. A true ARMY member will have watched so many music videos, interviews, and live musical performances that their Youtube recommendations page will look like its own BTS streaming site.
2. Your Phone’s Camera Roll is Full of BTS members
The amount of photoshoots, appearances, and videos of the Korean dreamboats is enough to fill up any phone’s camera roll, and your phone is packed with them all.
3. Your Social Media Revolves Around BTS
Thankfully, BTS presence on social media is huge. With their own Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok, there are many pictures and videos to like that your thumbs never stop tapping.
4. You Have a Favorite Member, but Still Love Them All
RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook — 7 members, and seven chances of having a favorite. All ARMY members have a “bias,” or a favorite member. With each member showcasing such different personalities and styles, there’s a type of everyone — but you still are a diehard for them all.
5. You’re Learning Korean
Though BTS occasionally sing in English, with some members even having fluency in the language, their primary language remains Korean. Non-Korean ARMY members don’t want to miss out on the band’s adorable tweets and messages, and have taken on the challenge of learning and even speaking Korean. Hey, what better way to learn a language!
6. You’re on Korean Time
BTS often releases new music, new videos, and big announcements in Korean Time. ARMY members don’t want to be even one second behind, and have adapted their own personal schedule to BTS schedule, even if it means waking up in the middle of the night.
7. In Fact, You Know Everything About Korean Culture
Thanks to your love of the boy-band, you now know everything there is to know about Korean culture, especially when it comes to BTS members. You know each member’s favorite food, favorite Korean fashion style, and all about which Korean city they hail from.
8. You Have Lots of Merch
The amount of BTS merch available is almost unbelievable — but you make collecting it look easy. You have the basics, like the sweaters and shirts, but you also have the true ARMY merch — like dolls of each of the members.
9. You’ve Been to Numerous Shows
BTS have played in dozens of countries worldwide to hundreds of thousands of audiences, and ARMY members have probably been to more than one. Though their 2020 concert was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the band will be putting together an online concert later this year to the delight of all ARMY members!
10. You know Their Songs By Heart
ARMY members don’t just belt out the catchy tunes made by the K-Pop group, they study the boy band’s songs for the social messages often behind them, including mental health awareness and self-acceptance.
11. You Know the Member’s Self-Given Nicknames
Part of the charm of BTS is the nicknames the group members have created for themselves. Now only do you know them, you LIVE them, especially Jin’s “Worldwide Handsome” title.
12. Everyone in Your Life Knows BTS
Thanks to your immeasurable knowledge of BTS, everyone in your life knows everything about them, from your family to your friends to your colleagues to maybe even a stranger or two you’ve met!With such enormous success found around the globe, it’s clear BTS has no plans to stop taking over the world anytime soon, and a true ARMY member will go along the ride every step of the way!
With such enormous success found around the globe, it’s clear BTS has no plans to stop taking over the world anytime soon, and a true ARMY member will go along the ride every step of the way!