While it may not have been your first concern when the pandemic started, the quarantine’s impact on your relationship has likely been a constant concern for the past few months in closing. Articles about the pressures and issues relations have faced due to the coronavirus were everywhere, from The New York Times to Cosmopolitan, and the predictions overall were pretty bleak. But it turns out that those may have been too pessimistic. A new survey found that more than half of couples in the US say their relationship will actually emerge from the quarantine stronger than ever.
The University of Monmouth surveyed 808 randomly chosen adults in early May, 556 of whom were married, living with a partner, or in some other type of “non-living romantic relationship.” Based on the answers to various questions about their love life, the Monmouth team found that 51 percent of the participants said their relationship will emerge stronger once the blockade is lifted, with 28 percent saying they are it will have strengthened a lot and 23 percent predicting a little stronger. Additionally, 59 percent of respondents said they were “extremely satisfied” with their relationship, while 33 percent were “very satisfied.”
It is not surprising that so many people are satisfied in their relationship, “Gary Lewandowski, PhD, professor of psychology at Monmouth University, commented on the university’s website.” Our relationships are a key source of stability, and when the world is uncertain, having your partner there to be your rock is a guarantee. ”
When asked specifically how the blockade had changed their relationships, an overwhelming 74 percent of people said it had no impact. Of those who experienced changes, more said they were positive in nature than those who said things had gotten worse: 17 percent versus 5 percent, respectively.
“Couples are likely to notice little change because there is a combination of factors at play,” Lewandowski said. “The additional demands on the relationship between managing work-life balance, children studying at home, and generally dealing with a global pandemic are offset by more quality time with those we love. A couple of steps back, a few steps forward, leaving us very close to where we started. Our relationships are incredibly resilient. ”
Most respondents also found that their sex life had improved in the running of the bulls compared to those who said it had worsened. Similarly, the share of respondents who said they were now arguing less with their partner outnumbered those who said the arguments had increased.
However, even with positive results across the board, Lewandowski offered a warning. “People’s optimism about how the outbreak will affect their relationship in the long term is encouraging. Although the results likely represent overconfidence among respondents, research shows that optimism benefits relationships,” he said. In fact, as long as couples have at least one optimist, both couples enjoy greater relationship satisfaction, even when one couple has less hope. Optimists handle life’s difficult times better, which is certainly useful given the current situation. “