Have Covid-19 lockdowns taken a toll on relationships? A study finds

The findings of a new study on dating and married couples in India who were surveyed before and after India's COVID-19 lockdown, suggested that relationship satisfaction, love, intimacy, and passion have significantly lowered post lockdown.
Love in relationships has been collateral damage to COVID-19.(Pixabay)
Love in relationships has been collateral damage to COVID-19.(Pixabay)
Published on Sep 09, 2021 08:08 PM IST
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The findings of a new study on dating and married couples in India who were surveyed before and after India's COVID-19 lockdown, suggested that relationship satisfaction, love, intimacy, and passion have significantly lowered post lockdown.

The study, which was published in Family Relations, found that commitment among those who were dating remained unaffected. For those who were dating, watching movies together and revisiting old memories were activities associated with love. For married couples, doing household chores, cooking, and watching movies together were associated with love.

The study included 100 participants (65 dating and 35 married) who were surveyed in two waves, first in January-March and then in May after the lockdown.

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"Love in relationships has been collateral damage to COVID-19. How couples spent time with each other is the key to maintain love. Watching movies together, reminiscing positive experiences, and sharing housework led to better connectedness," said co-author Kanika K. Ahuja, PhD, of Lady Shri Ram College for Women, in India.

She further said, "While it is widely believed that the way through a man's heart is through his stomach, our results suggest that a similar route exists for women as well, provided men want to take that route! Norms that define a relationship, particularly with regard to participation in domestic work by men must be revisited to adjust to the new normal." 

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