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Pandemic Perk? Experts Reveal One Potentially Positive Result of COVID-19 Lockdowns

Experts Say This Is One Good Thing to Come From COVID-19 Lockdowns
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Experts weigh-in on one good thing to come from the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Mar. 22 2024, Published 9:03 a.m. ET

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The era of COVID-19 lockdowns may have halted many plans, but it seems to have accelerated one particular aspect of life: marriage.

As weddings were postponed and dates put on hold during the pandemic, there was an unexpected surge in marriages, while divorces saw a decline.

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This trend hints at a silver lining amid the challenges of prolonged lockdowns.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the marriage rate in the United States rose from 5.1 per 1,000 people in 2020 to 6.2 by 2022, marking the highest observed rate since 2018.

In 2022 alone, there were over 2,065,000 marriages, crossing the 2 million mark for the first time since 2019. Notably, New York saw the most significant increase, with a 21% spike in marriages compared to 2021.

Experts attribute this rise in marriages to various factors beyond the end of lockdowns.

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The challenges posed by the pandemic, coupled with shifting societal norms, have influenced how people approach and sustain relationships. The shared experience of navigating difficulties together has led many couples to reevaluate their priorities and commit more deeply to each other.

While the current marriage rate remains lower than in previous decades, divorce rates have concurrently declined.

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This shift reflects a broader trend toward what some experts describe as "companionate marriages," where spouses prioritize friendship and compatibility over traditional notions of romance.

Additionally, societal changes, such as women's increased independence and financial stability, have reshaped relationship dynamics.

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Women today are pursuing education and career goals, buying homes and prioritizing personal fulfillment over traditional gender roles. This shift has led to a redefinition of what qualities are valued in a partner, with kindness and emotional support taking precedence over traditional masculine traits.

The rise of dating trends like "babygirl" reflects these evolving preferences, with individuals seeking partners who are emotionally supportive and in touch with their feelings. Platforms like Bumble have observed a growing emphasis on kindness and emotional connection among users, highlighting a broader cultural shift in relationship values.


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