Young Brits Skip Love for Love Island

Young Brits Skip Love for Love Island
31st May 2019 James Brooke

Young Brits Skip Love for Love Island

  • Over one in 20 young people aged 18-38 have cancelled a date to watch TV shows such as Love Island and Game of Thrones
  • From weddings to meals out, 36% of young Brits have cancelled on social events to avoid being caught out by spoilers
  • Those in the North East are most likely to cancel plans (39%)
  • Men are more likely to skip social events for TV shows (26% versus 21% of women)

Over a third of young people aged 18-38 (36%) have cancelled plans with family or friends to watch a TV show, according to new research from personal finance comparison site

Despite the availability of catch-up TV services,’s data reveals that nearly a quarter of all Brits (23%) have skipped a social event due to a fear of missing out on their favourite show.

Of those that have chosen TV over social events, the most common event to skip is a night out with friends (35%) and nearly one in ten (9%) admitted to missing a wedding.

Those in the North East of England are most likely to cancel their plans to avoid being caught out by spoilers (39%) versus just 13% of those in East Anglia.

The data also reveals that men are more likely to stay in to watch TV, with over a quarter (26%) revealing they have skipped plans compared to just over one in five (21%) women. Those in a relationship are most likely to cancel on plans, with around three in ten (29%) admitting to skipping a social event to catch up on a favourite TV show.

Social events most likely to have been skipped for TV shows

1 Night out with friends (35%)
2Club meeting (26%)
3Work event (25%)
= 3Meal out (25%)
5Gym (22%)
6Birthday event (20%)
7Date (14%)
8Team game or training session (13%)
9Ticketed event (10%)
10Wedding (9%)


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