Love island viewers took to Twitter to express their concerns over contestants mental and emotional wellbeing and Ofcom received 2,525 complaints after Dani Dyer was shown a misleading video of boyfriend Jack Fincham.
According to the BBC, producers separated the contestants and sent Dani a video of boyfriend Jack being joined by an ex-girlfriend in a different villa. Her reaction was filmed.
Viewers said the video that Dani was shown was misleading as it didn’t show Fincham sleeping outside and refusing to share a bed with another female contestant.
#LoveIsland after Sophie Gradon's death, the love island producers assured us that the islanders' mental health was their top priority but then they go and deliberately cause dani to get upset and completely mess with her mental health JUST FOR THE DRAMA? not acceptable.
— Oakzzz (@Hxllyoakz) July 1, 2018
The show has also been criticised for running surgery advertisements alongside the programme.
Earlier this week NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show the ads were ‘playing into a set of pressures around body image.’
‘The time has come to think long and hard about whether we should be exposing people to those kinds of pressures,’ he added.
A spokeswoman for Ofcom confirmed the complaints, and said: ‘We are considering these complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’
An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been established to determine the impact of social media on young people’s mental health.
According to the Press Association, the Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing’s inquiry will build upon the Royal Society for Public Health’s (RSPH) 2017 report, #StatusOfMind. The report found that although social media helps maintain friendships, there are potential negative effects which may fuel anxiety and depression in young people.
A 2018 survey carried out by the RSPH, on behalf of the APPG, found that 52% of the UK public believe that not enough is being done by social media companies to address the impact of media on young people’s mental health, with 41% also saying the government isn’t doing enough.
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPH and secretariat for the APPG, said: ‘Research has raised increasingly serious concerns about the detrimental effects of social media use on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, so we must strive to make meaningful changes that mitigate these negatives, and maximise the positives.’
‘We hope that both government and the social media industry itself will engage constructively with the inquiry, in order to help empower young people to take control of their relationship with social media in a way that protects and promotes their health and wellbeing,’ she added.
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