One of the advisories on social media recommends the public to keep social distance, and that for married couples “continue as you have been doing.”
The advisory features a picture of man and woman in their bedroom, seated on the bed, with the man appearing to be working on the laptop, while the woman looking at the phone as if checking WhatsApp messages. Couples in the bedroom, on their marital bed, paying attention to their laptop and phone.
At first, it was the television. Couples would have issues, only to go put on television and start laughing out a loud of course to get at their partner. It still works. The challenge with television, it is one-way traffic. There is no interaction. You only watch what is playing. And sometimes you could find misery on television.
Then the mobile gadget arrived. On it or with it came social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As if that was not enough, WhatsApp arrived. The latter has been a game-changer in relationship speak.
No room for a dull moment anymore.
During one of the couple’s retreats meet, a man explained how the phone is a big challenge to his marriage. “My wife is always smiling while looking at the phone. When I ask her, what is interesting, she just nods and closes the phone. When I enter the bedroom, her smiles disappear. What do I do?” Most men and women resonated with the challenge.
Now, #coronavirus is making this social distance thing official.
- No more hags.
- No more sleeping while holding each other.
- No more kisses – the virus loves the membranes like eyes, mouse, and nose. So, facing each other in the bed is not recommended. WHO recommended that people keep a social distance of at least 1 meet (3 feet) from other people.
The good news is tough times are always followed by good times.
After the social distance, the relationship distance shall be no more.
Enjoy the social distance.
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