Is Coronavirus Ruining Your Sex Life? A New Study Says Yes.

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Is Coronavirus Ruining Your Sex Life? A New Study Says Yes.

Some couples have experienced strain as the quality and frequency of their love life. 

Constantly being in the same space day after day during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has strained the intimacy of many couples, according to a new study conducted by the Kinsey Institute.

The research, which surveyed nearly sixteen hundred adults last year, pointed out data that ran counter to previous reports that people were getting more intimate as a result of the yearlong pandemic—for example, as indicated by a surge in searches on porn sites.

“To the extent that the uptake of sexual technology is occurring at the dramatic pace reported by the media, it would suggest that we are in the midst of a sexual revolution—one that could permanently shift the way we approach sex, currently and long after the pandemic subsides,” the study wrote.

“Although this is a tantalizing thought, selective reporting of corporate sales figures and app downloads offers, at best, a partial picture of what is taking place in people’s bedrooms.”

Nearly 44 percent of the study’s participants reported a decline in the quality of their sex life, while only 13.6 percent said it had improved. The frequency of sex also plummeted—although those who were still regularly intimate admitted to trying something new in the bedroom.

“The widespread social restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic appear to have significantly disrupted sexual routines and the overall quality of people’s sex lives,” the study concluded.

“However, even in the face of these drastic changes, it is apparent that many adults are finding creative ways to adapt their sexual lives, including in the pursuit of sex for leisure.”

In Israel, a poll by the Adler Institute also found similar results, as a third of married couples there reported that the pandemic negatively impacted their sex lives.

About half of couples stated that the pandemic impacted their quality time together and 14 percent of couples stated that the pandemic increased their desire to divorce, according to the survey. Only 10 percent of the respondents said that it lowered their desire to divorce.

In another recent survey conducted by the German travel research company Trivago, it revealed that 38 percent of Americans would go an entire year without sex to travel again.

The poll, which garnered responses from two thousand Americans and Britons between January 3 and 9, further showed that a whopping 20 percent would give up their partner altogether if they were free to vacation where they please.

More than 80 percent chimed in to say travel is a part of a well-rounded life. To that end, nearly half of the respondents would give up their jobs and one-quarter would be willing to wipe out their life savings.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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