• Question: Do you watch love island ...what do you think about yewande and michael being scientists dop you think more scientists should join love island to make it more interesting ?????

    Asked by pickledphoebe1 to David, Thiloka, Shonna, Shobhana, Ryan, Ross, Rebecca, Rachel, Patrick, Nina, MattyB, Matthew, Marianne, Lorena, Kate, Kaitlin, James, Ettie, Emmanuelle, Deepak, Anabel, Ambre, Alex, AlexAgrotis, Aina on 17 Jun 2019. This question was also asked by littleleah, julisquamm.
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      Rachel Hardy answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I do! I think it’s great that they have scientists on the show. Both Micheal and Yewande seem lovely, and show that scientists are normal, fun people. This will help to break any stereotypes that people watching the show may have of how a scientist would act/look. The show attracts a largely younger audience, meaning that teenagers watching may be inspired to get more into science/follow a career in science after seeing people like this on TV. I wouldn’t necessarily say more scientists should join love island, as I think it’s good to have people from a wide range of career backgrounds on the show (I think it would get boring if all of the contestants were very similar). But I do think it’s good that scientists have been selected to be part of love island 🙂

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      Kate Timms answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I don’t watch it – sorry! I’m not a fan of reality TV!

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      Shonna Johnston answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      Love island is not for me. I don’t watch much reality series anymore but I do think it’s good to have scientist represented in these shows as it shows they’re o different to those in other professions.

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      David Wilson answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I don’t but I’ve just been googling them to find out who they are, i’m sure I’ll no be bombarded by adverts for Love Island.
      Being a Scientist is a pretty normal job that perhaps suffers from a stereotype of being geeky. I hope you’ve had the chance to chat to some of us and realise that that’s not the case and we’re all (fairly) normal.

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      Alex Blenkinsop answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I think it’s great to see scientists represented more in mainstream media. And if they can encourage more young people to be interested in science and see it as a better and more fulfilling career than being a social media influencer then that’s fab!

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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I do not, nope.

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      Marianne King answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I don’t watch it 🙂 But I think it’s good they’re representing scientists on TV outside of the normal “person pipetting in a labcoat” type thing you see on the news. More scientists! Maybe we should petition for a Scientist Love Island – I’d watch that.

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 17 Jun 2019: last edited 17 Jun 2019 6:39 pm


      Ok, I never watch reality TV but just for you, I took a look at some Love Island footage (I wouldn’t be a scientist if I didn’t check out the evidence before drawing a conclusion right?) 🙂 If you like the show and want to watch it that’s totally fine (we all like different things, that’s what makes the world interesting), but you’ve asked my opinion so here goes…

      …afraid I lasted about 30 seconds before feeling slightly nauseous – don’t have an issue with anyone (including scientists) spending their free time as they wish – if they want to get their kit off on TV for a chance to win £50K that’s their choice – and good luck to them. But I’m not convinced that having scientists on there has really inspired the next generation of scientists (if anything its more likely to encourage scientists to give up their day job and try to become reality TV stars). Nor do I think it could ever make the show ‘interesting’ to someone like me. Also doubt that competing for a cash prize is a good way to start any kind of meaningful relationship. Sad thing is that off-screen, I am sure the people on the show do actually have a personality but it’s just not coming across…..in amongst the self pampering, hair flicking, and pouting…there are only so many hours in the day…

      What’s more worrying on shows like this is the complete lack of diversity (and I appreciate it might look like they’re trying to be ‘diverse’ by having scientists on there), but like many TV shows, this one is presenting an image of ‘love’ as one in which the only thing people care about is how much filler they can flaunt and whether their body is considered to look ‘good’ in a bikini or diving shorts. It presents a very warped view of ‘attractiveness’ and this can be extremely damaging to young people watching the show. If you can see it for what it is (a very superficial take on ‘love’ that is very far removed from real life) then I guess you could call it a form of entertainment and use it to ‘unwind’. It is hilarious however that they call this stuff ‘reality TV’. Congrats though on getting me to watch some – you have succeeded where so many others have failed! 🙂

      To throw some topical science in….look up the mechanism of action of ‘botox’ and ask yourself if you would ever want this anywhere near your face.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I’ve never watched love island although I have a vague idea what it is. I think actually working in science is pretty common so I’d be surprised if there had never been a scientist on it. Scientists come in all shapes and sizes and we are real people too!!

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 17 Jun 2019:


      I think it is great that there are scientists on Love Island – I have seen it before – it would definitely be interesting to see what the conversations would be like with more scientists!

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      Ettie Unwin answered on 18 Jun 2019:


      I don’t watch love island but I think it’s great they have scientists on the show. It helps show that scientists are all different types of people not just old men in lab coats!

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:


      Unfortunately I don’t watch love island, so I have no clue who they even are!!

      But its good to hear that scientists are being represented on a popular reality show which might help to break through the stereotypes associated with being a scientist!

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