Love Island lads are worried about suffering from corona boner says expert

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If you've been watching the latest Love Island antics then you might be wondering where all the usual action is that we were teased with ahead of the ITV2 dating show.

The sexy singletons may have gotten hot and heavy in their videotapes, gearing viewers up with the raunchiest series yet – but even a kiss is hard to come by these days.

Could it be lack of attraction? Nerves? Covid-19?

Daily Star Online spoke to sex expert Rhian Kivits to find out whether she thinks the pandemic may have triggered the lads to worry about being able to perform and see them suffer from 'corona boner'.

Rhian said: "Absolutely it’s possible there’s an element of performance anxiety with these boys!

"They are out of practice after lockdown and these girls are flirty, demanding, confident and gorgeous."

The sex expert also added that the lads may be worried about feeling emasculated and losing face between the other rest in the Majorca love shack.

She added: "Plus these boys are likely to be feeling protective of their image and status in the group.

"If sex does go wrong, and everyone hears about it, they could feel humiliated and believe their chances with a different girl could be ruined.

"Performance anxiety messes with the mind. It becomes a fear and a self-fulfilling prophecy."

She also highlighted that being in there with some of the nation's hottest babes may have something to do with it.

"Intimidating, super sexy women make it even worse!

"These boys may just feel a bit overwhelmed by all the pheromones flying round in the villa."

When quizzed on whether there could be any other reasons as to why the strapping lads aren't jumping in as quickly as previous contestants, Rhian revealed that this could be due to not wanting to get tied down too quickly.

Sexpert Rhian said: "I have the feeling that after lockdown and the pandemic, with the dating scene being so tricky to navigate and so little action with the opposite sex, the boys are hanging back because they don't want to make early commitments or mislead the girls into getting attached.

"They want fun and they want to win the game plus they're scoping the girls out and so they don't want to get distracted by drama. Let's face it, they'll keep the girls keen by not jumping in with too much, too soon.

"Lockdown was dry – most lads haven't had an awful lot of practice or fun, so I feel what we're seeing right now is a slow warm-up."

When it comes to performing, it's not all in the material – it's also in the mind, so Daily Star also spoke with Lianne Young, Sex and Relationship Counsellor to find out why the lads' might be a little more nervous this year.

While we know that ITV has turned down the amount of sex scenes we see on the show, it's been a bit of a shocker that contestants have been a little more nervous to share a smooch.

Lianne thinks it could be that some people are a little "out of sexual shape" after Covid-19 put a stop to casual sex.

She said: "As the famous quote goes, if you don't use it, you lose it – this is very true if you haven't had sex or kissed anyone in a while.

"When people go through a dry patch, they become more conscious of themselves, they begin questioning whether they will be able to do it correctly, have the same desires or even how to perform.

"The truth of the matter is, it will come back, it's just making that initial step."

However, sexual concerns isn't all that could be leading the lads to hold back. Lianne added: "They might be cautious of offending someone. A lot of people have been judgemental over the last 18 months and it's scared a lot of people into doing what pleases others before themselves.

"It's important to remember to not compare yourselves to others, it will only hold you back.

"Nobody's sex life is perfect – but it's yours and no one else's."

Could things ramp up soon? Maybe once some of the confidence floods back in.

Love Island continues tonight on ITV2 at 9pm.

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