Written by Kaelyn Spickler, Chris Harrison’s Future Replacement
COVID-19 has certainly flipped everyone’s world upside down. It has impacted so many things, and so many things we would never expect. With many states on a stay-at-home order, there are sure to be shifts in relationships in the coming months.
Some of you may live close enough to your S.O. that the two of you are able to be quarantined together, or maybe you are in a long distance relationship, and you are splitting your time from house to house. At first that may seem like so much fun, but by now you both may be getting tired or each other and don’t know how to get your “you” time unless you go on seven walks a day. On the other hand, maybe you’re thriving and realize your relationship can make it through anything.
If you’re in the early phases of a relationship, you are probably facing the exact opposite problem- you aren’t going to be able to see each other for a couple of months… at least. For these couples, communication is based solely through phones. Luckily, we live in a time where that is possible, but that can also cause problems. Because these relationships are “budding,” you may not have been able to pick up on each other’s tones or when one person is being sarcastic and when the other is being serious. You may also not want to come across as clingy or, on the other side of the scale, dismissive. It’s just an all-around battle of uncertainty, but just remember that giddy feeling you get when you see they are calling you!
If you are single, you may have been gearing up for your spring fling and now have had to readjust those plans, but I’m sure your SnapChat score has gone up exponentially in the last couple of weeks. With no one tying you down, the combination of having a lot of free time and the need for social interaction may lead to five or six flirtationships… good luck keeping that all straight, especially when quarantine is over.
It will be interesting to see people’s shift in relationship status by the time quarantine is over. Long-term couples may have realized there’s no way they can make it through “sickness and health” with their current partner, or on the other hand, maybe they realized they are able to spend three months together 24/7 and not get tired of each other. New couples will be able to see how dedicated each person is to the relationship and how much they are willing to fight for the relationship from the beginning. If you’re single, you may come out of quarantine with five new relationships, or you may have taken this time to work on yourself and come out with a major three month “glow up.”