There’s a sizeable backlog of pop culture references that confirm The Ick is a romantic death sentence. Friends
series one, episode 22 – otherwise known as "The One With The Ick Factor" – saw Monica irrevocably disgusted when she found out that Ethan, the new guy she’d fallen for, was in fact 17 years old, not 22 as he had initially told her. In "The Ick Factor" episode of Sex and The City
in season six, Carrie is put off by Aleksandr’s
old school romantic gestures and their relationship trajectory thereafter is wildly unconvincing until they finally cut their losses. And of course there’s Olivia’s declaration in the 2017 edition of Love Island,
when she told the nation that the real reason she cut it off with eager man Sam was because she, too, had caught a heavy dose of The Ick.