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The Pandemic Is Creating New Ways To Be Friends. How Are Your Friendships Evolving?

Two friends enjoy their lunch together at a safe distance in central Leeds.
Two friends enjoy their lunch together at a safe distance in central Leeds.
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Some friendships are built to last— or at least, were. With the pandemic, once robust friendships are undergoing new strain, while others are rekindling.

Maybe it’s the friend you used to meet up with for drinks once a month, and haven’t spoken to since March. Or the college buddy that lives across the country and never responds to texts. As with all the changes wrought by the pandemic, friendships are facing a new kind of challenge. Without the mediums they once flourished in (bars, museums, concerts) some friends have lost touch. However, others are reporting that their friendships are flourishing in the pandemic, albeit in surprising ways. They might be talking on the phone with a close friend who had moved away, going for masked walks with a neighbor, or reaching out to people they had lost touch with. Regardless of how it’s happening, one thing’s for certain: friendships are changing. How are yours being impacted?

We want to hear from you. Have you lost touch with a beloved friend? Or reconnected with an old one? Has the pandemic made you reevaluate certain friendships, or treasure others? Give us a call at 866-893-5722 or comment below.