As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting much of what people have been able to do this past year, isolation has become a norm for many. Being in lockdown or quarantine has caused people to be inside their homes more than before, throwing life off balance.
It was predicted that intimacy, pregnancy, and birth rates would sky-rocket because of the pandemic. However, this has not been the case. Singles were less likely to leave their home than before the pandemic and couples suffered intimacy challenges from the new lack of personal space. Now that the pandemic has been present for more than a year, people are starting to notice this lack of intimacy.
LawnStarter, a lawn care startup company that has a focus on conducting studies, compared 200 US Cities by looking at nine indicators of sexual arousal. These nine indicators included partner potential and unprotected sexual activity in each city. Out of the 200 cities listed, New Orleans ranked 18th, being one of the most sexually active cities in the country.
LawnStarter also conducted a recent survey to discover people's thoughts on intimacy. In the survey, 800 adults were asked a series of questions to gauge their thoughts on intimacy before, during, and after the pandemic. Results showed that 45.8% of participants claimed they are either uncomfortable or do not plan to date today. Additionally, 54.3% of participants said they are either uncomfortable or do not plan to hook up today. It is important to note that whether or not someone is vaccinated has affected these percentages.
Overall, the pandemic has negatively affected the love lives of many people around the country. However, New Orleans being ranked as one of the most sexually driven cities in America shows that New Orleanians have not been affected as much as citizens elsewhere.
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