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Trends: Relationships in lockdown

Stress: Can couples survive Covid? PICTURE: SHUTTERSTOCK

LOCKDOWN hasn’t been easy for anyone. According to a poll by relationship counsellors Relate at the end of April, almost a quarter of Brits surveyed said lockdown was putting pressure on their relationship, with one in five 25- to 34-year-olds ‘having doubts’.

In addition, 27 per cent of respondents were finding their partner ‘irritating right now’, with 22 per cent of men feeling that way compared to 31 per cent of women. So either men are more tolerant or more irritating — you decide.

However, it seems things are now looking up, at least according to engagement ring brand Fenton. It conducted a poll on Instagram last week that found 76 per cent of respondents believed the pandemic ‘had brought them closer to their partner’ (spending ten weeks cooped up together will do that). Only 12 per cent said they would like to get engaged during lockdown, though, with most preferring to wait until restrictions are fully over.

So can we expect an engagement boom once normality returns? This was the case in China’s Wuhan, where couples were so keen to marry post-pandemic restrictions in April that they crashed the marriage application system.