Leigh Giangreco https://www.advdermatology.com 2m 393
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Survey: 63% say their partner looks worse than they did before the pandemic
Maybe it’s the weight gain, the infamous “Quarantine 15.” Maybe it’s the stress of the pandemic accelerating aging. Or maybe it’s just from the result of being cooped up at home with each other all the time.
Whatever the reason, the data is in, and 89% of Americans say their partner’s appearance has changed since the start of the pandemic, and the majority say it’s not for the better. At least 63% say their partner looks worse than they did before the pandemic started. How have couples changed since the pandemic? Partners are noticing fatter faces, rounder bellies, sagging skin and more hair (in all the wrong places). Forty-six percent of those surveyed say their partner is spending less time on hygiene and 45 percent say their partner is spending less time on grooming. Couples have relaxed their wardrobes too since lockdown, with 52% reporting their partner is dressing more casually,
Unsurprisingly, 57 percent of people we surveyed say they’re less attracted to their partners than before the pandemic and 56 percent say they’re having less sex. Additionally, 55 percent say they have felt embarrassed in social situations about how their partner looks! Sounds like it’s time for a makeover!
So what would people like to change about their partner’s appearance? An astounding 79 percent of those we surveyed said their partner could lose some weight, at least twenty-two pounds on average. Presentation is a big factor too: at least 69 percent said they wished their partner groomed themself differently, with 41 percent hoping for a new hairstyle for their partner. The quarantine beard emerged as a polarizing force among couples, with 28 percent calling for more facial hair and 26 percent wanting less facial hair.
Where do we go from here, besides the gym and the dermatologist? Good communication solves many problems in relationships, so you might start there if you have concerns. Three in four people say they’ve mentioned these changes to their partners, in one or another. More than half (52 percent) have addressed it directly, while the rest (48 percent) have stuck to making subtle comments. Of course, we hope people are sensitive and constructive when they communicate, these have been hard times. And to anyone looking to transform themselves, regain their confidence, and catch their partner’s eye again, we wish you the best on your journey!
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