More people are having virtual affairs as the coronavirus pandemic wears on:
Data suggests more Americans are having virtual affairs during lockdown. Pandemic-related stress is straining relationships, driving people onto dating apps.
People who have affairs and get caught could have more trouble reconciling with their partners than usual.
There are many variables, “due to the intersection with the social, emotional, and financial consequences of COVID-19,” .
Its human nature that due to the current stress, this will be a drive an uptick in in-person affairs once the pandemic is over.
People are stressed, so they’re turning to dating apps and contacting ex-lovers
Though the pandemic has limited in-person meetups, Gordon and Mitchell of Insider said:
technologies like FaceTime, online dating services, and smartphones have allowed stressed out partners to find solace in virtual affairs. ”
Individuals who are dissatisfied in their current relationship are more likely to explore alternative options. The increased stress from the pandemic may be contributing to more negative perceptions for individuals of both their partner and their relationship,” they wrote.
According to data Gordon and Mitchell obtained from a dating website for married people (they didn’t disclose which site), 17,ooo new people have signed up for the services every day during the pandemic. This compares to the 1,500 daily new member sign-ups in 2019. People are also reaching out to ex-lovers during the pandemic despite being in committed relationships.
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