Like a hive of overly irate bees eagerly harvesting social media for any and every scrap of 1D pollen, the merest of pokes threatens to see them boil over in a cloud of undirected anger.
One Ellis Lacy discovered this detriment when he pulled of an exceptionally well choreographed stunt with a Faceswap app.
Following what that the beloved Harry Styles (he's their favourite) was axing his flowing locks for charity, the prankster superimposed Style's face onto his own head - sporting his own short crop.
But Lacy's subterfuge wasn't exhausted yet: he used the same app to post a video of Styles showing off his new... well, style.
The reaction from the fans reached predictable highs, before descending into anarchy upon realising they'd been duped.
The real results are yet to be revealed
For those of you who actually care what Styles' new doo looks like... he's yet to 'reveal' it. Here's a picture from him back in 2012 with shorter hair though so... you know, just imagine something like this?