Research suggests rise of ‘turbo relationships’ occurring in lockdown – goodhousekeeping.com

Research suggests rise of ‘turbo relationships’ occurring in lockdown – goodhousekeeping.com

New research from leading relationships charity Relate and online dating website eharmony has explored how lockdown is affecting our relationships and it seems this unique period is bringing many couples closer together.

Using direct insight from counsellor focus groups combined with survey research, the findings reveal how couples and singles are coping against the backdrop of a pandemic, and how things look set to change once lockdown is fully lifted.

Turbo relationships

A key finding of the research relates to how the pandemic has affected the relationships of couples newly living together. It seems these strange and testing times are making new relationships stronger, so much so that the term ‘turbo relationship’ has been coined to express how feelings of closeness are being accelerated.

Navigating lockdown as a pair has made close to two-thirds (63%) say their relationship feels stronger, and over half (58%) now know they want to be with their partner forever.

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Coined ‘turbo relationships’, over a third (36%) agree that two months in isolation feels equivalent to two years of commitment, and the same amount (36%) say they’ve reached common relationship milestones, such
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