How Coronavirus is Affecting Our Relationships
As much as coronavirus may be socially distancing us, in a way, it’s also somehow bringing many of us closer together
Each day, we are seeing COVID-19 continue to prove itself to be a tremendous threat to humanity in ways that we thought were unimaginable. And even though we’re still in the heightening phase of this pandemic, there’s absolutely no doubt that there will be lasting effects of this virus long after it has left us.
As many of us re-evaluate and reflect on our lives during this period of drawn out self-quarantine, we’re also unveiling the things that matter most to us — we’re unveiling the relationships that matter most to us.
During this time, keeping our outside friendships or relationships in tact can (and should) only be supported via technology — text messages, facebook messages, e-mails, phone calls, video calls, etc. And with all of the outside distractions gone (the constant plans and scheduled events such as birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings pushed aside), our time has suddenly freed up tremendously.
The days and weeks seem to be going by much slower and feeling much longer, allowing us to fill the gaps in our day by communicating with our colleagues and network of friends and family more frequently just to fulfill some level of social interaction.
The ones whom we are proactively reaching out to the most are the ones that are most important to us; the most top of mind. And for many of us, we may be realizing just how small and close-knit our network really is.
Social distancing is also now seemingly equivalent to being in a long-distance relationship even for those who are just a mere thirty-minute subway ride away. People who are in new relationships with their partner will be put to the test. So will people in long-term relationships as well as new and old friendships.
For those who have roommates, they may be getting to know them on a whole new level, which is either making the bond stronger or severing it completely. For those who are quarantined with a significant other whom they do not normally live with, they may be noticing certain red flags that they hadn’t noticed in the past, causing them to potentially question the fate of their entire relationship.
Some may be expediting planned marriages while others may unfortunately be splitting up. Fair-weather friendships might be forgotten while old friendships are being rekindled.
The power that coronavirus now has on our lives has extended far beyond just the fatal health risks, but instead, towards possible life-altering decisions that we’re making as a whole.
However, despite the tragedy that is continuing to unfold due to coronavirus, it’s also an interesting time for us to really put things into perspective. It’s an opportunity for us to discover just how strong our current relationships truly are. It’s teaching us how to really appreciate the people whom we are so fortunate to have in our lives as well as teaching us to not take those individuals for granted.
As much as coronavirus may be socially distancing us, in a way, it’s also somehow bringing many of us closer together.