More Than Half of Couples Are Now Doing This in Bed Thanks to Coronavirus
A new survey found that the majority of couples have been spicing things up in lockdown.
To claim that relationships have been tested during quarantine is more than a minor understatement. Whether you're married, living with a partner, or you just started dating someone new before the pandemic, you've had to make countless unexpected adjustments in order to successfully navigate your love life while in lockdown. And while it may not always be easy, a new survey suggests that more than 50 percent of couples are finding a way to spice up their sex lives while in coronavirus quarantine.
According to the results of an online survey conducted by "global sexual happiness brand" Lovehoney (via Health.com), 52 percent of 1,200 respondents in the United States said they've become more "sexually adventurous" during the pandemic. And of those respondents, 76 percent said they intended to continue their new sexual habits after reopening. These results show a similar trend found in a different survey from Monmouth University, in which 51 percent of participants said their relationship would emerge from quarantine stronger than it was before.
"It’s great to see so many couples using sex as a way to boost happiness during lockdown," Lovehoney's sex and relationship expert Annabelle Knight stated in a press release.
In some parts of the country, however, the survey found that more adventurous intimacy does not necessarily translate to more frequent sex. In fact, 19 percent of respondents in California reported a decrease in sexual activity during lockdown, the largest amount of any of the 50 states. To counterbalance that, Health.com notes that Florida had the most respondents (14 percent) claiming to be having more sex than they were before the pandemic.
The results also showed the influence of age when it came to having more or less sex while in lockdown. Respondents between ages 18 and 34 reported a 14-percent decrease in sexual activity, while those 35 and above saw a four-percent increase. The chances of the younger set not living with their partners was likely a significant factor in the divide.
Overall, 24 percent of respondents said they’ve been unable to see their partners due to lockdowns. And in those cases, Knight said couples were making the most of technology to keep the passion alive. "Many couples are sexting and enjoying video sex sessions through FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype to make separation more bearable," she said. And for more relationship advice, check out 17 Quarantine Marriage Tips from Relationship Experts.