“The current situation made me realize that I need to reevaluate my romantic life.”
This was the question we asked:
79 respondents (55 not in a romantic relationship and 24 in a romantic relationship)
As we are learning that this new way of living may last longer than we thought, one thing for certain is that we crave connection, in sickness and in health. Many couples I know are doing fairly well with their relationships through the pandemic. There are also a few who are going through hell.
We asked respondents to fill out a form to evaluate their current romantic situation during the pandemic.
Of the 55 singles within the respondents 34 of them (62%) found the pandemic has pushed them further into wanting to be in a relationship.
This makes sense as isolation really turns up the loneliness dial in our lives.
Of the 55 singles within the respondents 21 of them (38%) found the pandemic has had no effect on their need or want to be in a relationship.
This was a larger percentage than I had anticipated.
Of the 24 partnered respondents 9 (37.5%) found that the pandemic has brought their relationship even closer.
This is really nice to see. More time together can create a stronger bond. Problem solving and communication in a crisis can make us feel more invested in each other. I have been hearing stories of deeper conversations, and new sexual exploration with their partners.
Of the 24 partnered respondents 10 of them (42%) found the pandemic has made them rethink their relationship.
The magnifying glass of the pandemic can either get your relationship in focus or burn it up. This is doubly difficult as splitting up now can mean going into further isolation. It can also be the perfect reason to gtfo.
Of the 24 partnered respondents 5 of them (21%) found the pandemic has not made a difference in their relationship.
This is overall a good sign barring the relationship was a healthy one to start with. Even though it feels counterintuitive I believe it is a great time to meet a new person or get out of a less than healthy relationship. While at the beach yesterday what I was seeing was a lot of people reading by themselves longing for someone to say hi.
Written by Eric Waisman