Relationships are Unhappier Since Pandemic

 * 23% increase in marriage breakdowns amidst the pandemic
* 71% of people agree coronavirus has made their relationship worse
* Women are twice as likely than men to demand a break up
* Study conducted by the UK’s largest extramarital dating site has seen a 23% increase of members changing their status from Married to Separated between the months of May and July compared to the same time last year.

It is unsurprising that more women than men changed their status to separated, with another study by a law form concluding two thirds of all divorces are initiated by women*

A further 800 members of the website were surveyed and staggering 71% of those agree they are less happy in their relationship as a direct result of coronavirus, suggesting that marriages have become toxic and unbearable in the lockdown. 

Those who agreed covid-19 has made their relationships worse, were asked what they are planning to do to improve their relationship satisfaction, with 42% admitting they hope an affair will make their marriage happier, and a further 22% are simply sticking around to see if things improve.

Kelsey, a member on said “We argue at the best of times, but covid has made our arguments worse. We can’t escape and let off some steam, I never realised till now how important that is. I don’t know how much more of this I can take.”

 Frank, another member on the site said “If it wasn’t for covid I’d have no reason to leave my wife, but the lockdown has opened my eyes to a lot of our relationship issues, issues I’ve ignored or buried in the past. It’s weird breaking up during a pandemic, but I think it’s a good thing.” sex and relationships expert Jessica Leoni said “Couples who probably wouldn’t even have dreamt of breaking up – are now running for the hills. If there were any issues before, they’ll have been amplified tenfold during the lockdown. Even the most secure relationships will have felt torturous at times.

Those who have decided to stay together, and sought out an affair instead, may just be able to save their marriages before it’s too late.”


Out of the 71% who acknowledged their relationship is unhappier since covid-19 – we asked the following:

What are you planning to do to improve your relationship satisfaction?

I’m hoping an affair will make my marriage happier 42%

I’m simply sticking around to see if things improve 22%

Nothing -I love them, I don’t think I’ll ever leave them 17%

We’re going to have an open relationship 10%

I’m hoping to find someone to replace my partner 6%

Other 3%


*W-F Lawyers 2015

NOTES TO EDITOR is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

Check out what our users are saying to each other in our live lockdown forum:
Username: pr
Password: openthel0ck4me

We’re always more than happy to talk about – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about at this moment in time.


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