Dating ban is a rule that should be familiar to K-Pop fans, which strictly limits Korean idols dating life. It's a culture, and westerners might have a difficult time understanding why the rule exists. Unlike their western counterparts, for whom making their romantic lives public can be a key part of promotional activities (including allegedly staged relationships), K-Pop stars are often forbidden from disclosing personal details, with some even having a "no dating" clause in their contracts.
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The dating ban works effectively in K-Pop industry.
Having a dating ban could prevent fans from practicing extreme behaviors.
During a 2008 performance by Girls' Generation at a huge annual K-Pop show in Seoul, the crowd created a "black ocean," refusing to wave lights and cellphones and staying silent throughout the band's entire 10-minute performance, reportedly to protest how close the group had become to the members of boyband Super Junior.
Another example is that artists Hyuna and E-Dawn announced that they got together, and there was an angry backlash from some apparently heartbroken fans. Then the pair were subsequently suspended by their record label, Cube Entertainment.
Announcements of relationships could be big hits to idols' fans, which could cause curse words on social media and even life threats from fans. Therefore, having a dating ban could prevent fans from practicing extreme behaviors.