If Instagram is any indication, many Millennials and
Gen Zers are treating the lockdown on their love lives with humour, posting screen shots of bad pick-up lines from Tinder and other dating sites, such as, “If the virus doesn’t take you out, can I?” and “Let’s be spontaneous; let’s catch up next month or in July”, and using “I’m practising social distancing” to break up a relationship. Others are posting selfies of their COVID puppy fat with captions such as “melting pear” and “cuddlier me”.
Lewer says some singles are organising COVID dates. “They’re strolling through parks and along beaches while remaining 1.5 metres apart,” he says. “But this can’t make up for the lack of skin-to-skin contact, and if they’re missing it now, what’s it going to be like in several months’ time?”
Nor has the lockdown necessarily been an aphrodisiac for couples, notes Susie Tuckwell, a Sydney therapist.
“It can intensify pre-existing tensions in a relationship because there is nowhere to escape to, and more time to ruminate,” she says.
“Some couples have described a feeling of flatness and loss of libido. It’s also harder for parents to have private time with kids at home.”
Other couples, however, are thriving. “It’s been a really bonding experience for some,” Tuckwell adds. “The alone time has allowed them to resolve issues and spark up their love lives.”
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