The blocking of the corona virus has triggered a wave of “turbo relationships”, in which a few intense months together feel like a multi-year commitment, experts say.
New couples living together during the lockdown have seen their relationships accelerate and intensify. This emerges from research on the Relationship Charity Relate and Eharmony dating website.
In June 2020, over 2,000 over 18s were surveyed in the UK. Another 365 adults have been together for less than a year and live with their partners.
The Relationships in Lockdown study found that more than half (59%) of new couples felt more committed to their partner after the Covid 19 crisis.
Almost two-thirds (63%) said their relationship had strengthened after crouching during the ban, while 58% said they now knew they wanted to be with their partner forever.
More than a third said two months together felt like two years of engagement, and the same proportion said they had reached the milestones of the relationship faster.
Adviser Peter Saddington said: “Couples often contract in larger periods of social unrest.
“The combination of more time together, increased anxiety and the elimination of common routines – like seeing friends – is an intensive mix.
“And although many of the consequences of these turbo relationships are encouraging, people need to remember that we live in unique circumstances.
“If your relationship doesn’t go on at the same pace, or if feelings go away after the lockout, it doesn’t mean disaster.” Communication is important so that couples can navigate what feels right when normal life is resumed. “
For more established couples, 42% welcomed the time they could spend blocking with their partner.
However, around one in seven couples (14%) said they found that their relationship had ended.
In the meantime, Singleton’s have used online dating as a means to cope with loneliness – the biggest reported negative problem that affects individuals in the survey.
Two out of five of the 542 individuals surveyed said they felt lonely in the block. More than a third (35%) said the lock was bad for their mental health.
Eharmony registrations increased 50% year over year in April and May, while communication increased by a third due to the video date feature.
Other single adults (29%) said they realized that they were happier on their own from this time.
Harmony relationship expert Rachael Lloyd said the pandemic had “seriously tested” relationships, adding, “What is really interesting is the creation of so-called turbo relationships, in which couples who would normally never move as quickly , possibly living together within weeks of meetings – and thriving largely. “