The crisis is darkening the love life of young Lebanese

Since the onset of the Covid-19 health crisis, young people’s sentimental lives have been much less rich than before. For almost two years, the opportunities to meet love have become rarer, on a daily basis, due to the health measures associated with the pandemic, but also due to the economic crisis depriving students of their free time and the many excursions they had. do. Online courses, limited life on campus, wearing a mask and lack of financial autonomy are all factors that prevent the new generation from meeting interesting people, seducing others and fully engaging in a romantic relationship.

Impact of health and socio-economic crises

Many young people believe that the pandemic has had a negative impact on their social lives and that it even goes so far as to change their romantic trajectory. Elias Khoury, in his first year as a manager at the University of Lebanon (UL), says he started chatting on social networks a few months ago with an interesting young girl. “I subsequently had the opportunity to meet her three times, and although we have several common points, I gave up because this high school student, when he was not vaccinated, often declines my invitations to leave school. Fear of being hit by Covid “I do not want to settle for a virtual relationship, it’s not healthy,” the young man apologizes. Tatiana Zgheib is in her third year as an accountant at the Université Sainte-Famille (USF), Batroun campus. His social life has become turned upside down by the health crisis. “The fear of this virus has prevented me from going out as I used to and because of this I have not been able to meet new people and above all fall in love with a young man , which I can go through these times with difficulty, ”she says. Trying to connect on social media first is also not, for Tatiana, the best way to get to know someone. Rebecca Rahbani, also in her third year as an accountant at USF, agrees: “Behind the scenes, young people are not always honest and authentic. I prefer to keep going out with friends to meet new people. Tatiana and Rebecca notice that there are more and more singles around them. According to them, young Lebanese who have difficulty calmly considering their future, due to the seriousness of the economic crisis, do not want to enter into serious relationships. “It seems to me that the pandemic does not necessarily prevent young people from going out, and the meetings are still taking place. What complicates romantic relationships from my point of view is the economic crisis. When you love someone, you want to ask them out, give them gifts, and it’s not easy when you can not afford it financially. Suddenly we are not feeling very well because we are afraid of disappointing the person we are in love with, ”says Hussein Chamouni, single, in her first year of biochemistry at University Saint-Joseph.

Assume your celibacy without pressure

Some, like Léa Aoudé, do not focus on celibacy, believing that feeling happy on a daily basis is not necessarily associated with finding a soulmate. The student, who is enrolled in a master’s degree in biomarketing at USJ, says: “I spend a lot of my free time studying and developing my personal and professional competencies. I think you must first learn to love yourself and work on yourself to flourish fully before trying to please anyone. The young woman prefers to be alone rather than in bad company until life puts a loyal young man in the way of her seeking to truly invest herself in a relationship, rather than fighting loneliness. Mauricio Salamé, in his second year as a journalist at the University of Lebanon, does not put any pressure on himself either. “At the moment, he emphasizes, I prefer to remain single and take the time to find someone with whom I really have a relationship and with whom a long-term relationship could be built. The student who regrets that his social life is less rich than before, remember that in the early twenties it is difficult to think about marriage and the responsibilities it entails. “I am convinced that young people must have experience and achieve maturity before committing to a serious relationship, to be able to learn from their mistakes and give their couple the opportunity to face everyday difficulties. »

Just be happy

Despite this association with socio-economic and health crises, some students have seen their romantic relationships grow and mature, despite the uncertainty about their future in Cedar’s land. This is the case with Saydé Eid Ghanem, a young 2nd year law student at UL, married for three years; which is rarely the case for undergraduate students. “The pandemic has brought me closer to my partner. Like other couples, our financial situation is not in good shape, but we support each other on a daily basis and we share the responsibility of running a house,” she confides, adding: “My husband is my support, and it is thanks to him that I continue my studies. ”She insists on the importance of daily efforts by sharing the good and the bad moments, continuing:“ A united and accomplished couple can sublimate an ordinary “To be happy, it’s not important to give gifts and go to a restaurant. We can simply enjoy a romantic dinner prepared, at home, with lots of love.”

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Same speech on the side of Nour Ghadban, in 3rd year of chemistry at UL. “To preserve your love story, you need to know how to show maturity and honesty and learn to share the expenses,” she explains, noting that in a relationship, it is the man who seems more affected when he is having financial difficulties. and this can depress him and even alienate him from the one he loves. “I advise young couples to try to face the problems together, by establishing a dialogue and remembering that money is not the most important thing in a love affair. “Learning to overcome hardships is easier with two people when you can count on each other. This is what many young couples have been able to experience over the past two years.

Since the onset of the Covid-19 health crisis, young people’s sentimental lives have been much less rich than before. For almost two years, the opportunities to meet love have become rarer on a daily basis due to the health measures associated with the pandemic, but also due to the economic crisis, which deprives students of their free time and the many excursions they take on …

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