Why Love Island is terribly bad for body confidence
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Although the world may be in love with Love Island, the show is still problematic. The 4th series of Love Island, the ever popular ITV2 reality show is now in full swing, but while many viewers are glued to the screen there is also an increasing amount of controversy and criticism on social media. The show features an initial 11 contestants, both male and female, who are supposedly trying to find their ‘soulmate’, or more often the £50,000 prize, through various original, and sometimes nasty, challenges. Throughout the entire show, the group live in a luxury villa with 69 cameras recording their every move. It is debatable whether the show is actually good or not, but people undeniably watch it in their thousands. However, with popularity comes responsibility, and there is a major concern regarding the participants chosen. Why? Because all of them have the same toned, slim beach body that apparently looks attractive on TV. It begs the question as to whether attractiveness was the main way of deciding who would be in the show, and it appears the answer must surely be yes. But the reason as to why those in charge only wanted to use people with the 'perfect' beach body seems slightly harder to answer. Turning first to social media, it is arguable that its influence is dangerous because everybody posts what they like regardless of how harmful that might be. Few people consider as to whether a post might harm other people's mental health or self-esteem. Although that is understandable, it is arguable that society just needs to be educated on what is harmful and what isn’t, what accounts to follow and how not to take anyone’s posts personally. Basically, how to not compare ourselves with any other person. It is a difficult task, but now more than ever it is time to deal with this issue. Ultimately, social media is about appearance.
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