Why HAS the UK gone #LoveIsland mad?

It seems as a nation we are divided again… Brexit, Tories vs Labour and now, Love Island. There are two definite camps – those who are obsessed and clock watching to 9pm every night, and those who quite frankly couldn’t imagine a bigger waste of time than watching a load of airheads getting up to, well, not alot really.

Somewhat late to the Love Island party, I had heard whispers of the Love Island addictions last year, but I was probably too busy blogging to take an interest. This summer, we thought we’d watch last years on catch up, just y’know, because it was something to wind down to. Halfway through season two, we ditched it to start season three in real time. We knew the ending after all…

So now, we’re hooked. After initially saying we’d never get used to these new villa residents, now it’s as though we’ve known them forever and inexplicably, we’re on a rollercoaster of emotions with them.

It’s stats have wiped the floor clean over Big Brother and it’s ratings have skyrocketed since the first series. So what does a thirty something Mum of two (and others) find so gripping about this reality TV drivel (and for the record, a legendary rocker – Liam Gallagher was quoted to have ditched watching Glasto to catch up on his fave show).

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It’s easy viewing

Ultimately, this is brain numbing TV at it’s best. Granted, you may prefer to watch something more wholesome or educational with your precious adult TV hours, but sometimes, you just need to switch off that noggin and zone out right?

It makes great background TV

As a blogger, a lot of my laptop time is done Monday to Thursday after the kids are in bed. So I’ll probably be tapping away on my keyboard with a bit of LI on in the background. It doesn’t take too many brain cells to keep up with the gist of what’s going on, so you can be multitasking like a boss whilst keeping up with who’s with who.

It’s fast pace

Every now and again you have to remind yourself these people have only known each other for days, as they weep and sob their goodbyes and declare their love (?) for each other. One minute you will be desperately hoping for cupid’s arrow to hit two islanders, and literally the next night you’ll be screaming at the TV to get one of them evicted for being such a snake. Mentioning no names, of course.

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It’s interactive

Unlike other shows which are filmed way in advance, the real time element of Love Island means as a viewer you can influence what happens to the islanders. Booting them out, sending them on dates or making them do crazy stuff. The beauty of this is that we have seen what they haven’t, so it’s revenge time on those who aren’t playing it fair…With the click of a button on an app you can get involved, and unlike other shows in the past, this time it’s totally free.

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If you aren’t watching the show, and you’re wondering why the hell random names are trending on twitter each evening…that’d be Love Island.

It’s engaging

I cannot tell you why, but seeing these folk seemingly fall hard and fast, in and out of love is quite captivating. The cliffhanger endings each episode literally leave you wanting more and the 23 hour wait is pretty agonising. Sad but true.

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It’s beautiful

Granted, we were quoted to say that the Islanders this year were all mingers, but it’s true as you get to know personalities, their beauty (or ugliness) shines through. With bodies to die for and genuine beauty, it makes quite easy viewing. These are life’s beautiful people, lazing around in a beautiful villa, wearing the latest fashions (I think) by night and very little by day.

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It’s shocking

Sex on TV isn’t as rare as it used to be. Thanks to shows like Geordie Shore, an under duvet romp isn’t as shocking as it used to be. But, it’s unlikely you’ll get through a week of LI viewing without having a conversation about what their parents must think. As a Mum, I shudder at the thought of my girls ever wanting to do a show like this.

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Plus the backstabbing, snaking and blatant couple swapping is just too watchable…

It’s down with the kids

It’s pretty depressing when you hear these contestants talking about how old they are – really? 21? Crap, does that make me old enough to be their Mum? Either way, it’s an eye opener to what the generation below us are up to. We’re learning the lingo, realising it seems cool to smoke again (what the?!) and opening our eyes to the folk in society coming up through the ranks. Although, to be fair, I’m pretty sure this isn’t a representative sample of the 18-30 population of the UK. Is it?

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It’s surprising

You could be mistaken for thinking all of these contestants have no morals and are all for putting it on each other on national TV, however this years line up includes some characters who’ll have you hugging the screen as they are all for ‘waiting until the time’s right’, fighting the corner for Feminism, and relatively reserved in what they are prepared to do.

It’s adult TV

Yes it involves some bedroom antics, but more to the point, it’s not CBeebies. Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, this is a show you certainly don’t want any impressionable young minds view…

So look, I get it those of you who are way above this kind of trash TV. It’ not for everyone, but for those who are loving a bit of Love Island this year, I can totally see why and I’m right there with you!

x MMT

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25 thoughts on “Why HAS the UK gone #LoveIsland mad?

  1. Donna (@bobsys_mum) Reply

    I’ve never watched it! I have watched ex on the beach though, which is perhaps worse! #coolmumclub

  2. The Mumatron Reply

    I did an actual fist pump type excited action when I saw the title of your post. I haven’t watched it, it’s just not my thing, I don’t get reality TV full stop. I understand the appeal for people if you get involved, people love to meddle. I have to watch something that I at least care about or have a slight bit of interest in or I’m asleep haha! I think lots of people jumping into bed with each other on TV will regret it at some point. Perhaps I’m just fuddy duddy.

    1. The Mumatron Reply

      #CoolMumClub – got a bit wrapped up in my comment!

  3. Pen Reply

    I must be the only pets in the country who isn’t hooked on love island. Oh well #coolmumclub

  4. Mayflower Blogs Reply

    I can’t say I agree! I am still in your previous mindset, of “why has everyone gone Love Island mad?!”
    I’m too busy to get into something I have to watch constantly, and I don’t see the appeal, but it’s interesting to see your view on it!

    #coolmumclub

  5. Winnettes Reply

    I am in the camp of not understanding why anyone would waste their time but I admit I have never liked trashy tv in any form. I did hear a clip of it all the other day and all I could think was that the guy was a total arsewipe and the girl needed to learn a little more self worth and respect. I think it would make me too angry to watch. I do get why it is so appealing though, the mind numbing aspect of it in the middle our busy lies can be a welcome break. #coolmumclub
    ps. They could have removed the green screen shadow from their bodies in that last image! That is going to bug me now 😉

    1. MMT Reply

      Ha ha, I don’t disagree! I think sometimes the outrage of what these kids are like draws me in even more! X

  6. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    OK so I have to say….I am totally not part of these fever. Totally don’t get it at all. Does that mean I’m going to be kicked out of #coolmumclub? xoxo

    1. MMT Reply

      Ha ha It was always going to be a controversial one! I think I’m going to be the one being kicked out LOL x

  7. ruth cartwright Reply

    it’s completely passed me by I’m afraid.

  8. Ursula (AKA Mumbelievable) Reply

    I was interested to read this because I have never watched it (or wanted to) but there does seem to be such a fever around it, doesn’t there?! I might not be the only one, looking at the comments above which reassures me that I may not be down with the kids in the slightest, but I’m ok with that! #coolmumclub Xxx

  9. justmummyme@mail.com Reply

    I’ve been wondering the same thing myself, why is it such a big craze this series??? I’ve never actually watched it. I do have a bit of a guilty pleasure with Big Brother though!

  10. Just Mummy Me Reply

    I’ve been wondering the same thing myself, why is it such a big craze this series??? I’ve never actually watched it. I do have a bit of a guilty pleasure with Big Brother though!

  11. themummybubbleblog Reply

    I love love love Love Island. I will be gutted when it finishes. The narrator is the best thing about it, he cracks me up. X

  12. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Reply

    I’ve never watched it and don’t intend to. I don’t like reality shows but did when I was younger (I’m old…. 🙁 ) #coolmumclub

  13. Jemma @popcornlunchuk Reply

    Thank you for clarifying what this show is actually all about! I’m slightly ashamed (given its immense popularity) to say I’ve never seen it, surprising as I’m usually all about the trashy stuff that requires zero brain cells! Going to watch it now just to see what the fuss is about!x #coolmumclub

  14. justsayingmum Reply

    Oh my word I am hooked too! But more from a parenting point of view – I’ve a post in draft about it based on a Caitlin Moran article I read at the weekend. basically watching trashy TV with your kids is fantastic parenting! Yours are too young but for my girls it’s fab! All the sleaze balls are there to analyse as well as the gorgeous nice girls. We talk about appropriate behaviour and dressing too! LOVE! #CoolMumClub

  15. The Queen of Collage Reply

    I think this has to come in as my favourite trash tv programme after The Bachelorette.#coolmumclub

  16. tammymum Reply

    Hm, you’ve made me feel like I’ve missed a trick. I am all for crappy easy background TV of a week day night, in fact I am a huge fan of it. However I fell into the its utter tripe band. I did try and watch it with the teen the other night but I just felt it confirmed my suspicions. That said I didn’t know the people and it was just one episode, perhaps if I had watched it from the beginning I might feel differently? Perhaps for the next series I will have more of an open mind and give it a go, because all the reasons you listed sound pretty perfect to me. #coolmumclub

  17. ljdove23 Reply

    Well I am for one am addicted! I’ve watched it since it started a few years ago and have been obsessed with it ever since, we literally look forward to 9pm to see what’s going down in the villa that day, which is really quite sad but it’s just pure escapism isn’t it? #coolmumclub

  18. Muffintopmummyblog Reply

    I haven’t watched it, but amid all the hype, I feel like maybe next year I’ll give it a go! My husband wouldn’t let me this year, but my friends say all their other halves are now totally involved, so I might try and get him hooked next time. #coolmumclub

  19. Cheryl @ Tea or Wine Reply

    I’ve never watched it before and then I saw one episode a couple of weeks ago and now I’m hooked. I think you’re right, it’s easy viewing – something to unwind to and it’s easy to do other stuff whilst it’s on in the background. I agree, I like to know what’s going on with the “younger” generation too. Caitlin Moran recently did a column on this and she said her whole family were watching it together (cringing in certain places together!) but that they enjoyed it because it covered in a very short space of time, all the emotions of love, life, betrayal, friendships etc. Thanks for hosting #CoolMumClub x

  20. Jo (Mother of Teenagers) Reply

    My son is addicted. During his exams it was his downtime during the day from revision and sometimes I confess to sitting down and wasting an hour with him, glued to the screen, but I wasn’t allowed to say anything or criticise anyone or I had to leave the room! Hilarious. The language makes me giggle more than anything else especially “you melt!”. Love it. #coolmumclub

  21. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    I LOVE this show! literally cannot get enough, I get excited going to work to talk to the girls at work the next morning about it! I love marcel and gabby and camilla and Jamie. literally adorable! #coolmumclub

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