Do you ever have moments where you spend days or even weeks completely apathetic about idols? Some of you may be of the opinion that getting tired of idols is truly impossible. However, I know many of you have had moments where despite being heavily invested in the hobby, you just crash and burn out. These are moments where you can’t be bothered to check out your favorite site for news on a recent scandal or check out that new PV uploaded on Youtube. These are the moments when you just can’t give a fuck about what has been happening with your favorite group. This is what I call the “Idol Slump.”
So, how can one get past idol burnout? Given my experience, I find that it is easier just not to fight it. When you’re burned out on any hobby including idols, it just means that you have been ingesting too much content for your own good. To reference a past article, idols are like candy. While amazing in moderation, eat too much and you could face yourself having a sugar crash. Use this time to invest energy into other hobbies you may have. If you are facing an idol sugar crash then it may be possible that you have been completely ignoring the non-idol hobbies you may have. With time, your interest in idols will grow again and you can try to attempt to get yourself back into the hobby. It’s best to do this slowly. Listen to your favorite songs or watch an old subtitled AKBINGO episode. Just like a new fan, you’ll be rediscovering the fandom.
How can a person completely avoid an idol sugar crash in the first place? Well, the answer is to fill up some of your time with other hobbies. I presume a wide majority of the idol community finds idol music to be just a hobby and doesn’t have the resources to complete devote themselves to idols. Moderation is best for a hobby like idols because it is extremely easy to get sucked in by it. Take a break from idol music every now and then and listen to the other genres you enjoy. It will keep you from being burned out and it will also increase the appreciation you have for the genre. The time away will make you enjoy idol content even more than you did. It’s just like eating your favorite food after months of dieting. This way idols won’t take over your life, you will always appreciate them and you are less likely to fall into the dreaded idol slump.