The Pandemic Response (Part.1): Increased Sex Drive In Lockdown

The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing people from over the world to respond differently to it. Some people are becoming more compassionate while others are becoming colder, some people are coping through art and music while others are coping in negative ways such as drugs and alcohol. I’ll be discussing the sexual response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Is The Pandemic Affecting You Sex Drive?

It’s interesting to hear about the conflicting reports about the COVID-19 pandemic having an affect on people’s sex drives.

The stress from the ongoing crisis and having to be on lockdown is putting a damper on desire for many people, but for others the stress is making them horny. 

What Are The Reasons?

Reasons For Increased Sex Drive Include:

Reminded Of Our Own Mortality: The morbid 24/7 news coverage of the pandemic is constantly reminding us of our own mortality. In order to cope we change our attitudes and behaviors in ways designed to help us cope.

Loneliness In Isolation: I mentioned in a previous blog that we’re facing a loneliness epidemic partly due to the internet adversely affecting in-person connection. Lockdown and social distancing is making this problem worse, so some people are doubling down on not only connecting with new friends online, but also online dating that involves texting and video chat along with sexting.

 Killing Boredom: A lot of singles and couples have been responding to lockdown boredom and spicing up their sex lives at the same time with the use of sex toys. It’s been reported that the same of sex toys increased since the pandemic began.

More Time On Our Hands: Due to other distractions in our lives such as working, long commutes, school, family obligations many couples have been too stressed or too busy to get intimate. Veering between social distancing and close cohabitation there have been a lot rediscovering each other while under lockdown.

Lockdown Heats Up Erotica: The COVID-19 pandemic has given birth to a new genre called quarantine erotica. Social distancing has led to the writing of raunchy stories about love in the time of COVID-19.

What Should You Be Aware Of?

If you are someone who has an increased sex drive as a reaction to this current crisis there are some facts you should be aware of.

Looming Global Condom Shortage: Due to Malaysia being on lockdown and the shutting down of factories owned by Karex, which is the largest condom company in the world had to shut down production resulting in a disruption in the global supply chain due to COVID-19. I recommend stocking up on extra condoms instead of extra toilet paper.

Online Dating Scams: If you’re starting out with online dating be aware of scammers. Online dating scams include catfishing, which is luring a victim into a relationship based on the attacker’s fictitious online persona. 

Economic Slump: Be mindful of what the economy might do during and after this pandemic. If you don’t have a job or you might be losing your job due to a downturn be careful of unwanted pregnancy.

Spread Of STIs: Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) already occur even without a pandemic, however since the medical system is tied up at the moment with COVID-19 patients it might be hard to get treatment.

COVID-19 Has Made Dating Difficult: Even before the pandemic dating was already difficult. Now it’s a new challenge; due to social distancing we have to stand 6 feet from one another, we can’t hug each other or kiss each other because of the virus. Experts say that you’re at risk of catching the virus if you’re meeting someone for the first time or if you see someone, but don’t live together. If couples were already cohabitating then there’s less of a chance of getting sick. This is the reason why virtual dating is popular for singles right now.

How Are You Responding To This Crisis?

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Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-myths-sex/202004/why-the-lockdown-is-turning-some-people-others

https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/04/coronavirus-roommate-loneliness-sex.html

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/intimacy-in-the-time-of-corona-home-bound-couples-find-love-as-sale-of-condoms-go-up/articleshow/74793351.cms

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/coronavirus-pandemic-sex-toys

https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/how-to-deal-loneliness-self-isolation-coronavirus

https://www.dw.com/en/love-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-covid-19-changes-the-game-for-online-dating/a-52933001

4 thoughts on “The Pandemic Response (Part.1): Increased Sex Drive In Lockdown

  1. I’m just grateful to be married during this pandemic. I couldn’t imagine trying to date while being in quarantine!

    There’s a prediction that we will have a mini baby boom 9 months from now or when the pandemic is over, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

    1. It’s interesting to see how different people respond to the pandemic. Some couples will get closer, while others drive each other away.

      1. My husband drives me crazy but we’re grounded in terms of relationship/marriage and share the same values, which I believe is essential for marriage to work long-term.

        I read somewhere that divorce rates spiked in China after the quarantine. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of couples break up during or after the pandemic.

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