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Relationship Lessons I’ve Learned From Love Island

"Love Island" is a wonderful show. The accents, the villa, the characters, everything is amazing. After watching three seasons and about 100 episodes of it, I’ve made some observations about relationships and I’m here to share them with you. 

Transparency is everything.

In any relationship, honesty, trust, and communication are everything. Whether it’s in a romantic relationship or in a platonic one, it’s vital to trust and be honest with your partner. On "Love Island", you are always dependent on another person for your place in the villa, and there can’t be a foundation for any sort of relationship without trust and transparency. Talk to your partner about how you’re feeling, even if it isn’t what they want to hear. Honesty is the best policy.

Don't talk badly about your partner, they'll find out.

Whether you’re in a 7000 square foot villa or out and about in a big city, word gets around. The world is very small. Do not talk badly about your partner because they will hear about it. On "Love Island", gossip travels fast, and out in the real world, it’s not much slower. Just communicate with your partner if something they’re doing is bothering you, it’s better to say it to their face than behind their back. 

Shoot your shot.

What are you afraid of? Some of the greatest relationships can flourish from putting yourself and your feelings out there. You’ll never know what can happen if you don’t try. Some of the most beautiful and successful couples on "Love Island" would not have flourished into what they are today if one person hadn’t expressed their feelings for the other. So, if you like someone, let them know! You never know what can happen.

Actions speak louder than words.

You can say all the words in the “dictionary of relationships” as many times as you want, but at the end of the day, actions speak louder. Some of the worst situations (breakups, endings of friendships, etc)  on "Love Island" came from too much talking and not enough doing, leading to empty promises. Do things for your partner that back up what you say. Words without actions are meaningless.

You shouldn’t depend on Love Island for good relationship advice.

Although these are some good relationship lessons that come from "Love Island", at the end of the day, it is not a reliable source for good relationship advice. They say that one day in the villa is a week in the real world. Take your relationship at your own pace, be kind, make your words count with actions to back them up, but don’t look toward "Love Island" contestants to be your role models for relationships.

That being said, "Love Island" is a fabulous source of entertainment and drama and is 100% worth watching. Once you start, you will not be able to take your eyes off the screen. Enjoy!


Masha Gradushy

CU Boulder '22

Masha is the Editor-in-Chief of HCCU and is a senior at CU Boulder majoring in Finance. When she's not doing school work or writing articles, you can probably find her working out, drinking an iced coffee, or scrolling through TikTok. She hopes you enjoy her content!
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