60 Percent of People Say This One Thing Got Better During Coronavirus

A new report finds that relationships are stronger and more serious amid COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it. And while we've all read about how it affects our health, it's also had a staggering effect on our personal relationships. As lockdowns were introduced, many people began to worry about how their relationships would change during coronavirus. But now, months into the health crisis, we can safely say that cuffing season has got nothing on COVID. In fact, a new survey found that over 60 percent of people said navigating the pandemic has improved their bond with their significant other.

Dating site eharmony and relationships charity Relate teamed up to publish a Relationships in Lockdown Report, which shows how couples are coping amid the pandemic. It turns out, love is in the air. According to the survey, new couples were quicker to commit to each other, which could be because monogamy is safer in quarantine or because they were looking for comfort amid chaos. Either way, 63 percent of respondents said that navigating lockdown as a pair has made their relationship stronger, and 58 percent want to be with that partner forever.

"In wider periods of societal unrest, couples often pull together," Relate counselor Peter Saddington writes in the survey. "The combination of more time spent together, heightened anxiety levels, and the removal of common routines—like seeing friends—is an intense mix."

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In these newly formed relationships, 36 percent report that just two months in isolation feels like they've been in a two-year commitment, and the same percentage of people said common relationship milestones, like moving in together, have happened much faster than in pre-pandemic life. These accelerated romances also lead to better communication (28 percent) and more sex (23 percent).

"What's really interesting, is the creation of so-called turbo relationships whereby couples who'd never usually move at such speed may have found themselves living together within weeks of meeting—and largely thriving," eharmony relationship expert Rachael Lloyd states in the report.

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Another perk? Nearly half of partners have enjoyed spending extra quality time together, and 36 percent say they feel more grateful for their significant other. So it seems, love in the time of corona is hardly all bad. And for more relationships perks of the pandemic, here's why More Than Half of Couples Are Now Doing This in Bed Thanks to Coronavirus.