Whether it’s a long-term or casual relationship, people may be concerned how the coronavirus will affect your sex life. According to US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the spread of COVID-19, or the disease causing the coronavirus, is a “Rapidly evolving situation”. And since the main way of spreading the coronavirus is through the respiratory drops, that form when someone coughs or sneezes, the CDC recommends avoid close contact during the crisis, which is not a good sign for sexual escapades.
Although according to the World Health Organization, it is not a sexually transmitted disease, the CDC warns that fluid transmission is a major cause of infection. To prevent the spread, dating apps like Tinder have issued some warnings in different countries that instruct users to wash hands, avoid touching face and maintain social distance in public meetings.
People fall in love through dating apps, now the most popular way for couples to meet. However, while they often coincide, no messages are sent. Or they send messages but they never meet. Or they make plans but then cancel them. Now, fears of the coronavirus have further complicated this scenario.
“Diseases that are spread by social proximity influence interpersonal relationships of all kinds, including emotional and erotic contacts: they condition intimacy causing apprehension, ideas of contagion, phobias, postcoital blame, hypochondria and repulsion to sex, especially when little is known about the disease, increasing the experience of uncertainty, “he assured. in dialogue with this medium the doctor Walter Ghedin, psychiatrist and sexologist.
For its part, the application OKCupid, which prides itself on its data-driven approach to dating that asks users to complete detailed questionnaires and pairs them with others giving similar answers, has submitted an alert to each user asking them an additional question: “Does the coronavirus affect your love or sex life?”
The company had to push the question after noticing a 262% increase in the number of mentions of the virus in the profiles of its users between January and March. According to the data revealed in the survey, users are still not deterred by the dating virus, with a 93% who assure that they would continue seeing people in real life. Undoubtedly, the virus has caused people to spend more time looking for love – the app has noticed a 7% increase in new conversations in the last five days.
Other dating apps have taken a softer approach, at least for now. Tinder He warned users – by interrupting the slide – about the risks of meeting in person and advised them to wash their hands, carry hand sanitizer, avoid touching their faces and “maintain social distance in public meetings.”
The virus even has a fake dating profile. (Hometown: Wuhan, China. Biography: “I love being outdoors, crowded places, and food markets.” Turnouts: masks and glasses.) Some people find pessimism exciting: coronavirus-themed porn It has gone viral on Pornhub, reports Vice.
As for the users themselves, the virus is taking its toll. Nicole Byer, American comedian, actress, writer, and television and podcast presenter Why won’t you go out with me? tweeted last week that “I was talking to a man on Tinder and I told him that I was traveling and he said ‘With this coronavirus ?!“Then the match disappeared.”
Be someone very “Traveled”, It’s usually something that singles brag about in their dating app profiles that write how many countries or continents they’ve visited or suggest to users to help them plan their next trip. Other people use the quarantine perspective as an opportunity and an excuse to speed up the encounter.
While staying informed about best health practices during the crisis can be helpful, absorb too much information about the coronavirus It can increase anxiety and make intimacy difficult. Outbreaks such as the coronavirus increase anxiety, paranoia, depressive symptoms and, if quarantine is required, can lead to social isolation and feelings of loneliness. It is important to educate yourself about safety, symptoms, and protocols from accurate and reliable sources, but not to overdo it.
“There is still a heavy burden of ignorance that reinforces apprehension and it is possible to diagnose true social and sexual phobias and disorders of sexual desire by avoidance / repulsion. People with fearful and hypochondriacal features are the most likely to exacerbate care, turning fear into an obsession. However, we also find people who are carefree at first, who, given over to interpersonal contact, later fear for the consequences of not having taken the necessary precautions, “explained the specialist.
For specialists, the virus is actually an opportunity to be more demanding. Making previous appointments on FaceTime or Skype before the meeting can be very helpful in getting an idea of whether it’s really worth leaving the house. The absence of physical contact can also be a great way to encourage creativity and versatility in relationships. While actively combating the coronavirus is not an aphrodisiac, staying away from a partner can actually increase desire and lead us to discover new ways to excite each other.
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