I’d like to take the time to thank the internet for One Direction…

If you don’t know who or what One Direction is, then you must be used to receiving an eye-widening jaw dropped look from every single girl on this planet (and even some guys) when you state that. The group of five, absolutely adorable, hilariously funny, and ridiculously good looking boys have rose to fame in under a year since their formation and appearance on the X-Factor in 2010.

Their concerts around the world, including Canada, have sold out in a matter of minutes, even for their World Tour which is an entire year from now!

As fans, we can write our thank you cards to Simon Cowell or the show but really we, along with the band, should thank the internet for their rise to stardorm.

Oh wait, they already did. Curly haired Harry Styles said himself that if it weren’t for the internet they wouldn’t be where they are today.

And there is much truth in that. Take the time to go back into your memory–way back, before the world of facebook, twitter and tumblr. Before Disney stars like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez were on our backpacks, notebooks, t-shirts and even toothpaste. Back to when singing groups of five were also popular–the 90s. If you’re old enough, you’ll remember those good ol’ BackStreet Boys and The Spice Girls, maybe even N’Sync, Five, and S Club 7.
Though the BackStreet Boys and The Spice Girls in particular did reach that ultimate fame of having everyone know who you are, sing your songs, and buy out your concerts, it took them much longer than it did for the talented and lucky boys of One Direction.

The X Factor was a reality show that was viewed only in the UK, but thanks to the video they posted on Youtube, people around the world were able to see newly formed boy band’s performance of Torn. The video, soon reached millions of views and well the rest is modern day history.

But the internet doesn’t stop helping once its made the boys famous and known around the entire world. No–it keeps us connected to the ones we’ve all fallen in love with. Sites like youtube and tumblr allow everyday people to post their own encounters with One Direction.  And if it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be exposed to classic things like this: http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1599pQ5wg1qgafl2o1_250.gif

The internet not only allows us to view their music videos and songs, but to see their personalities through video diaries, interviews etc. There is no longer a need to flip through every music channel on TV in hopes of catching a replay of an interview or buying all the teen magazines to find out their personal details. We can enjoy One Direction’s hilarious moments whenever and wherever we want.

So I would like to take the time to thank the internet for not only making One Direction’s rise to fame faster than what we’ve ever seen, but keeping us connected with the boys as well.

Naomi