Covid-19 has reshaped relationships


Anna Bisset

This is a collection of the Bisset family’s art projects that they have done over the last few months. They began this project at the start of the pandemic.

Covid-19 has brought many hardships, but it’s time to start focusing on some of the positives, relationships being one of them. The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped our personal relationships in unpredicted ways, forcing us to live further apart from some people and closer together with others. It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that relationships can wither in times of stress. Everyday life is enough to cause stress on our relationships, but months on end without the ability to interact normally with others just increases that stress.

After a while, months of being cooped-up in a house with the same people starts to become overwhelming, but in that time relationships grow fonder. Howard Markman, a psychology professor at the University of Denver constructed a survey to gauge the impact the pandemic has had on relationships. The survey shows that over 90 percent of people reported no change or positive changes in their relationships with parents, friends, and extended family since being in quarantine. Relationships among family members have benefitted due to simply spending more time together. Some families have started family projects and activities that wouldn’t have been done if it weren’t for this virus.

“We’ve done a ton of new projects and gotten to know each other better, overall we’ve gotten closer,” Aiden Bisset (’23) said.

Normally, we would be in school and forming new friendships, or going to parties and meeting new people. Covid-19 regulations have forced us to surround ourselves with people we’ve had preexisting relationships with, causing those relationships to strengthen. Students have to think of ways to hang out with friends in a safe manner.

“Since we can’t do the things we normally would, it has made us get creative with our ways of seeing each other,” Megan Green (’21) said.

In times like these it can be easy to focus on all the negative things, but it’s important to acknowledge all the positives. Covid-19 has allowed us to open our minds to creative new ideas that we can do with family and friends in order to strengthen our relationship.