Love Island. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, on an island, in the middle of absolutely nowhere, then you know that this British reality show has taken over the modern world. Even though it feels as if I’m the only woman in her twenties who isn’t hooked on it right now, my reasons for not watching the Islanders’ every move seems to be shared by many.

Generally speaking, I’m not the biggest fan of reality TV anyway. I struggle to find entertainment in watching 24-hour surveillance of people living their day-to-day lives, or in this case, a bunch of half-naked singles laying around a luxurious villa and talking absolute shit amongst one another for hours on end.

The show begins with a group of beautiful singles entering a Spanish villa, where they will remain until the show ends in a month’s time. Six women and six men enter one at a time, and commence “coupling up.”

Each man has his pick of any of the women standing in front of him. Eventually, after much negotiating and swapping the women around like human traffickers, the villa is left with six couples. Then, to pour even more fuel on the flames, an additional, even sexier man is thrown into the villa, to take his pick of any of the women there in the next 24 hours. Hey, it’s Love Island, not Consent Island.

As the show goes on, the act of “coupling” is repeated numerous times. Lots of swapping, replacing disqualified singles with even sexier ones, and basically stirring the shit around more and more.

The overall vibe that I get from Love Island isn’t that it’s a reality show designed to “find love,” as it claims. It’s designed to deliver melodrama, low self-esteem and some of ITV’s highest ratings. Putting individuals up against each other purely in terms of their appearances isn’t good for anyone’s ego, and it certainly isn’t an accurate representation of dating in the real world. Okay, maybe it is, but still…

Of course, you can’t fault someone for being unbelievably, heart-wrenchingly attractive. But selecting individuals purely on their appearance and social media presence is not a legitimate way of finding “normal” people, nor is it in any way realistic.

Love Island needs to cut the bullshit. It isn’t a “quest for love,” and it doesn’t promote a healthy attitude towards dating. It exploits people’s feelings and encourages reckless and sleazy behavior, when some contestants are actually on the show in the hope of fulfilling a falsely advertised promise of love.

So if you enjoy casual, 24-hour romances and strong feelings of disappointment, then Love Island is the show for you!

About Author

Emily Puckering is a Hull born English Language and Journalism graduate living in Manchester. Loves anything borderline 'loser' including progressive rock and drinks around seven cups of tea a day. Very much dislikes revolving doors and having her 5ft tall height ever so repeatedly commented on.

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