UPDATE: We are no longer accepting submissions.
It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that relationships can flourish — or wither — in times of stress. Add months on end without the ability to significantly mingle with others, along with the physical and emotional toll that comes with a pandemic, and this period we’re living through may just be the ultimate relationship test.
As always, though, humans are creative. There are those who have decided to isolate together after knowing each other only briefly, and those who have chosen to separate from partners, roommates or families. There are stories of people who have moved back in with exes, those who have formed quarantine pods with multiple people, and once-happy house shares that have broken down.
According to one survey, married and engaged couples are fighting more. Some matrimonial lawyers report rising divorce inquiries while others note that couples are delaying their splits, at least for now.
A few weeks ago, we asked readers who were isolating alone to tell us how they were coping. These were their answers.
Now we want to know how people who are isolating together are coping.
What are you learning about your adult partner(s), roommates, housemates or yourself? Are you surprised by how well you’re getting along? How poorly? Has this test strengthened or weakened your relationship? Your sex life? Your bond? What will happen when isolation is over?
Please answer the following questions, as applicable. While we realize many people living together may also have children in the mix, please focus your answers on the adult relationships. If we are interested in your story, an editor will contact you. (This form does not trigger an email acknowledgment; there is no need to follow up.)
UPDATE: The submission form has been closed.