Between January 26th and January 28th we’ve surveyed 1005 men and women in the United States to find out how the Covid pandemic has impacted their love life. The findings were surprising…
25.8% of respondents report Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their love life.
9.74% of respondents report Covid-19 has had a positive impact on their love life.
64.43% of respondents report Covid-19 has had no impact on their love life at all.
While the Covid pandemic has impacted the life of virtually every organism on this planet, in some way shape or form, it seems the love life of most Americans remains untouched.
Let’s dive deeper into the dataThe study becomes more interesting when we dive into the differences between demographics. Below you’ll find an interactive dashboard that you can use to filter through the results. Here are a few key insights: Older generations are less impacted by Covid-19 when it comes to their love life. 64.43% of respondents report Covid-19 does not have an impact on their love life at all. Of those who are not affected by Covid-19, 44.34% are aged 55 and above. Men’s love lives seem to be more significantly impacted by the pandemic. Looking at the data we see women are more likely to report that the Covid pandemic has had no impact on their love life at all. Men on the other hand are slightly more likely to report that the pandemic had a positive impact on their love life and are significantly more likely to report that the pandemic had a negative impact on their love life. People aged 25-34 are most likely to report that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their love life. People aged between 55-64 are least likely to report that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their love life. However, this age group is also least likely to report that the pandemic had a positive impact on their life. People aged between 55-64 are more likely to report that the pandemic had no impact on their love life at all.
Comparison with other studies
The effect of Covid-19 on people’s love lives is a hot topic. Several studies look into the impact of Covid-19 on relationships. However, there was a need for more research on this topic since the current studies:
* focus exclusively on couples.
* focus exclusively on the well-being of individuals (not in relation to love-life).
* were published in 2020 or the beginning of 2021.
For example a 2020 study by D. Weber et al. found that couple functioning overall maintained or even improved, while individual well-being was more negatively impacted by the pandemic (1).
Another 2020 study by M Schiavi MD. et al. analyzed 89 sexually active women to measure the sexual function and quality of life of women living with their partner. The conclusion: “The COVID-19 epidemic and the restrictive social distancing measures have negatively influenced the sexual function and quality of life in not-infected reproductive-age women who live with their sexual partners.” (2)
The aim of our survey was to answer one simple question “How did Covid-19 impact your love life?”. It didn’t matter whether someone was already in a relationship and we didn’t focus on a specific age or gender like other studies. We wanted to perform a study that would represent the United States as a whole. We simply wanted an answer to the fundamental question whether Covid-19 had a negative impact, a positive impact or no impact at all on the love lives of adults.
Naturally this survey has it’s limitations. We performed a single question survey to make gathering responses as easy and frictionless as possible. However, an online survey is far from a controlled environment. Therefore, the results should be considered simply an estimation.
Nonetheless, we do believe the answers to this survey provided some interesting insights into the impact of Covid-19 on the love-life of adults in the US.
1. Weber, D. M., Wojda, A. K., Carrino, E. A., & Baucom, D. H. (2021). Love in the time of COVID-19: A brief report on relationship and individual functioning among committed couples in the United States while under shelter-in-place orders. Family process, 60(4), 1381–1388. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12700
2. Schiavi, M. C., Spina, V., Zullo, M. A., Colagiovanni, V., Luffarelli, P., Rago, R., & Palazzetti, P. (2020). Love in the time of COVID-19: sexual function and quality of life analysis during the social distancing measures in a group of Italian reproductive-age women. The journal of sexual medicine, 17(8), 1407-1413.