How the Pandemic Has Impacted Romantic Relationships, According to One Survey

published Feb 13, 2021
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Amid the chaos of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and quarantine, love has managed to conquer all. At least, that’s all according to a recent report by The real estate website surveyed more than 1,000 coupled individuals to get a sense of how the pandemic has impacted romantic relationships. While the newfound 24/7 togetherness of pandemic lockdown has resulted in some strife, a majority of couples actually cited a tightened bond since the start of COVID-19.

According to the survey, 63% of respondents said they have become closer amid time confined at home with their significant others. More specifically, the closeness has included greater physical intimacy (as documented by 11% of respondents) and the decision to have a child (5%). Additionally, 56% of respondents said they have adjusted their routines in order to spend more time together. Top adjustments include eating more meals together, scheduling TV and other types of date nights, exercising together, and starting a new hobby together.

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“When COVID-19 first hit, relationship experts warned that the pressures of constant togetherness combined with anxiety about the virus itself could push some couples to the breaking point,” David Mele, president, said of the findings. “While some relationships have understandably not withstood the weight of pandemic stress, our survey shows that most have become stronger and found ways to adjust their lives at home to the new normal. That personal resilience in the face of crisis may be one of the brightest spots in this pandemic.” 

As mentioned, not all relationships weathered the storm. The survey found that 10% of respondents who began the pandemic with a partner called it quits within the last 11 months. The percentage of dating breakups (53%) and marital separations (36%) occurred among respondents younger than the age of 35. Tell us: How have your relationships been impacted by the ongoing pandemic?