Tuesday, 13 October 2020 | PNS
Is the return to normalcy at office spaces triggering infidelity in the country? A dating app throws up stunning revelations
With ‘unlock 5’ underway and life moving back to normalcy in India, the interaction among friends, colleagues and companions have moved up a notch higher. Having to cope up with their partners for months in a closed space due to the lockdown, the over the top excitement due to change of scenery has proved too much for some.
A study conducted by a dating app, Gleeden, discovered that 37 per cent of its Indian users had an affair with their colleagues after getting back to their offices following lockdown.
For some, getting back to work meant not only a return to socialising in the office environment but also a chance for irresistible dalliances with co-workers. When questioned about the reasons behind their unfaithful encounters, 37 per cent confessed that it was due to a pure craving for sexual intercourse, while 33 per cent of the users admitted that they enjoy someone other than their partner finding them attractive. About 30 per cent of them said that they cheated to feel desirable again.
An user, who is married since the past seven years with two children, expressed that cheating on her partner was inevitable after the stress he endured during the lockdown.
She shared, “Staying at home with two playful kids and an alcoholic husband during the course of the lockdown was a nightmare. Me and my husband fought daily and our sexual life was also unstable due to various other reasons. On top of that he also abused me verbally and sometimes physically to take out his frustration from work. I also hardly felt that longing and affection from his end while making love. This not only created a mental blockage but I also started doubting myself. So as soon as the government eased the restrictions and my office opened up, I felt free. I hooked up with an office colleague of mine with whom I shared a friendly relation before the lockdown and am pleased to feel wanted and desired again.”
Another user said that he has been chatting with his love affair on the app since the past five months and is planning to finally meet her once their offices re-open. He said, “I met a girl who is married with a kid, just like me. Coincidently, we both share the same building premises in which our offices are located. We chatted for over five months now and during that period, we came quite close to each other. We both love our spouses but we really want to try out this romantic fling outside our wedlock. I guess we are desperately waiting for our offices to open so that we can finally meet.”
The survey also gave out a shocking result as more than 60 per cent of the total surveyed members confessed that the lockdown had a negative impact on their relationship, both emotionally and physically.
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