How is lockdown affecting your relationships?


June 17th, 2020

Researchers in Nottingham are part of a team investigating how the coronavirus lockdown has impacted people’s relationships and routines.

The University is working with a team of experts in social networks from The University of Manchester, the University of East Anglia and London Metropolitan University, on launching, collating and analysing the results of a nationwide questionnaire.

The study will explore how personal relationships may have changed during lockdown, including how confinement has impacted domestic, work, leisure and social habits.

The anonymous survey is open to everyone and can be completed on computers, tablets and smartphones.

Participants will be asked questions about the conditions of their housing; their work situation, such as whether they have been furloughed or are working from home; as well as their daily activities both before and during lockdown. The survey will take around 20 minutes to complete.

A similar study has successfully been carried out in France, which received more than 16,000 responses and found that women were the ‘great communicators’ of lockdown, developing new contacts and strengthening old friendships.

The UK researchers hope to be able to compare the responses in order to assess the impact of lockdown across the two countries.

The survey will be open for people to take part until Saturday 15 August 2020, with initial results expected to be published in the autumn.

Take part here.

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