The coronavirus pandemic “thinned out” humanity not only in fact (at the expense of the dead), but also hypothetically – at the expense of our future children. Sexologists believe: with the experience that we experienced during the period of self-isolation, fatal concepts that cannot but affect fertility have forever entered our intimacy.
“The sharp rise in the number of divorces is the most obvious effect of the pandemic, which will be observed in all countries,” says futurist Faith Popcorn. “The Chinese have already begun to free themselves from the bonds of marriage.” Russian psychologists also speak about the tendency to get rid of the family. In some families, self-isolation has revealed not so much deep conflicts as the inability to simply be together. And when people cannot be with each other, it is only treated by separation.
Men did not really strive for legal marriage even before the pandemic, and now, according to experts, they have additional arguments.
“Everyone asks me why I don’t get married,” says 38-year-old Andrey. – Before the pandemic, it was difficult for me to explain to others that I just do not want a family. And not because I’m irresponsible. On the contrary, unlike many men, I think that the family is a huge responsibility! And that is precisely why I do not consider myself fit for it. But after the pandemic, it became easier for me to convey my position – I do not want my family and children, because I am afraid for their future. I am afraid of a repeat of the pandemic, as well as of the climatic and economic crises. I will somehow survive them alone, but I don’t want to take responsibility for others.
“The growth in divorce is growing, and the number of people entering into formal marriage has already begun to decline, and this trend will continue,” predicts the futurist. – The birth rate will also fall. The feeling of uncertainty will persist for a long time, and every day more and more people will deliberately abandon their children.
The second consequence of the pandemic is the habit of replacing a real partner with a virtual one.
“The pandemic just accelerated what began before it,” researcher Ross Dawson said. – For several decades, people have fallen in love with each other through the monitor, but earlier this was a prelude to a personal meeting. During the quarantine, many realized that it was not necessary to meet. You can have dinner together in the zoom, and so many virtual devices have been invented for intimacy that old-fashioned intercourse pales in comparison to them. ”
According to Russian psychologists, for 2 months of quarantine, everyone who wanted to, was able to join thematic sites for virtual sex “with full immersion.”
“Many resources in connection with the pandemic have provided free access to them and increased advertising,” recalls Elena Pikhovkina. – As a result, during the quarantine, many – mainly free men – discovered a lot of new pleasures. Now a living woman may seem “insipid” to them, and a real relationship may seem too burdensome. People realized that being alone is much safer, in the West this phenomenon was called “progressive individualism.”
Western sexologists believe that “progressive individualism” will lead to an era of “hygienic puritanism.” Simply put, with a huge number of opportunities for virtual sex, real sexual intercourse will become exotic, which will remain the longest among the poor in society, who do not have the means to update the software.
And finally, the third consequence is the fear of sex. This fear is akin to misophobia (fear of infection) and any other irrational fear. Researcher Ross Dawson, for example, compares “post-coronavirus” sex with international flights: “One will jump on the first plane, that is, he will immediately find a sexual partner. The other would prefer to wait a little longer until everything settles down. And the third from now on never wants to fly again (to contact someone for sex). “
“After the coronavirus, we all have PTSD, like we’ve survived a world war,” says Faith Popcorn. “The state of our nervous system will affect our characters, and, accordingly, relationships.”
According to American sexologists, such a development of events may completely nullify real sex, because, according to the latest research, millennials are already much less sexually active than previous generations. And the millennial generation Z, born in the 2000s, is generally considered the “most asexual” in recent history. If the future belongs to them, then there will be practically no sex in it.