More than one in eight people living with a partner in lockdown is experiencing relationship doubts.

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According to a survey conducted by the charity Relate, this figure rises to one in five among younger people.

Meanwhile, almost a quarter of the adults surveyed who have a partner said the lockdown has resulted in them finding their partner irritating.

Relate also reported a surge in visits to a self-help article on its website titled “Everything my partner does irritates me”, with traffic to the web page up by a third.

The news isn't all bad, as 65 percent of respondents said they felt supported by their partner while 43 percent of those surveyed said they felt closer to their partner as a result of being home together all the time.

Commenting on the findings, Aidan Jones, chief executive of Relate, said:

“We always see a peak in people seeking relationship support after Christmas, when spending unusually long together brings issues to the surface.

“Add to that the current extended period of isolation, worries about job security, finances, how to juggle work with childcare and uncertainty about the future – and it’s clear why we’re expecting a post-lockdown relationship reckoning.”



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