Three years ago, if someone had told you that one day in the near future, the Government would impose a nationwide lockdown that would put a ban on socialising and dating, you would have laughed in their face. But as we all know too well, that was the reality of 2020.
For some, that meant months of not being able to see friends, family and in some cases partners, while for others, it meant months of lockdown with their other half.
Either way, this unprecedented reality led to many of us re-evaluating lots of aspects of our lives, including our relationships (or lack thereof).
Although we all pray that there won’t be another lockdown and that there will never be another challenge like this in our lifetime, after the last year we know that nothing is guaranteed. This is why so many have begun preparing for the future, no matter what it might bring.
And this includes preparing for future relationships.
Many changed their minds completely
There are plenty of people out there who for years would have said they were happy to be single. However, once faced with the unnegotiable reality of isolation and with a lot more time on their hands, many of those people have changed their minds since the pandemic.
This is most likely because being alone for months caused them to re-think their relationship status and what they want from their life. But whatever the cause, sign-ups to dating sites, apps, and agencies sky-rocketed during lockdown as people realised the importance of finding companionship for the future.
The pandemic helped people to understand what they really want from a partner
Following on from this, there were plenty of couples during lockdown that, once together for extended periods of time, realised that they just weren’t right for one another.
When put under a microscope, it’s much easier to find the flaws in each other, and in the challenging times of lockdown, lots of couples found that they wanted different things.
This led to an influx of break-ups as people began looking for newer, healthier and happier relationships and prepared themselves to get back in the dating world to find the perfect match.
Lots of women began preparing for their future family
As we said, we hope that there will be no more lockdowns again in the future. However, this doesn’t detract from the fact that lots of women have just lived through 18 months of their life unable to date or find a future partner.
This saw an increase in women choosing to freeze their eggs, with some clinics even seeing a staggering 50% rise in enquiries.
In some ways this is unsurprising given that most of us want to be with a partner for several years before starting a family. But the scale of the response is startling and shows how seriously these women are taking the situation that lays ahead of them.
It’s time to look to the future
Whether you went into lockdown single or with a partner, there are lots of people who are now ready to get back out on the dating scene and look ahead to the future.
From re-thinking what it is you’re looking for in a partner to making huge decisions like preparing for a future family, it’s clear that lockdown had a huge impact on our lives and our future relationships. If you’re one of those reconsidering your priorities, you’re in good company.
So, if you’re hoping to find love in the future and you’re currently looking for the perfect partner, we can help. Get in touch with our team of expert matchmakers today to find out more about how they can support you on your dating journey this year to find that partner that shares the same values, aspirations and life goals as you.