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Love Island Might Carry the Key to Social Mobility

Opportunities for UK’s youth are dwindling. Time to look for nontraditional alternatives.

Love Island contestants enjoy a pool party.

Love Island contestants enjoy a pool party.

Photographer: ITV/Shutterstock/Shutterstock

Like any caring parent, I want the best possible future for my child, and that’s why I’m putting his name down for Love Island.

If you’ve spent the past few years on a desert island yourself, I’m referring to the reality TV show in which pulchritudinous young men and women are thrown together in hot weather and very little clothing and encouraged to pair off. It invites viewers to vote for their favorite couple, with the winners sharing a purse of £50,000 ($62,000).