Experts blame the unusually high amount of time spent together as the primary reason. This was particularly true where the relationships were already strained. More face time meant more opportunities to notice all the habits and quirks that annoyed each
other. It was then only a matter of time before things came to a head.
If that sounds bad, spare a thought for Radhika from Arizona whose predicament was highlighted by the New York Post. She broke up with her live-in boyfriend a couple of weeks before quarantine. But stay-home restrictions mean she is still stuck in the
same apartment as her ex. She is trying to cope by drawing, studying and drinking lots of Bushmills whisky and beer!
Even when break-ups are clean, psychologists point out that social distancing rules prevent people from getting the emotional release they usually do. They are not able to cry on a friend’s shoulder or be about town to try and get over the heartbreak.
Yet it is not all doom and gloom. Thankfully.
While many weddings have been cancelled or postponed, many are still being conducted. For instance, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has made it legal for couples to hold online weddings. Previously marriages in the state were only legal if the
couple appear in person. So, clerks can now officiate Internet weddings and couples can get a marriage licence remotely. The World Economic Forum reports that couples in Indonesia, Iraq and Israel have conducted their weddings online or
with as few as three to five guests.
In Wuhan, where the virus originated, when the 76-day lockdown was lifted, one of the first things people did was file for marriage applications. And it was done using the mobile payment platform Alipay. The app reported a 300% increase in applications
with the system even crashing due to the overwhelming number of applicants.
More interestingly, separated couples have hunkered down together to ensure they are not apart from the kids for prolonged a prolonged period during the lockdown. Celebrity ex-couple Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are among them.