Experts expected that the psychological repercussions of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) will lead to a decrease in birth rates, so that men will remain single for a longer period.
According to the publication in the “Daily Mail” newspaper, experts from the United States reviewed 90 studies, to help them predict the change in the Corona virus of social behaviors and gender norms, even among the uninfected.
Experts expect a decrease in planned pregnancies, in response to the global health crisis as people postpone marriage and childbearing, leading to a shrinking population in some countries, which affects job opportunities and support for the elderly population.
Moreover, the unequal division of overtime female domestic work resulting from the lockdown could lead to higher gender inequality and further social conservatism: “The epidemic has become a global social experiment, the results of which are not yet finished.”
To predict the future, the researchers applied their diverse experiences, which included backgrounds in behavioral sciences, economics, developmental biology, medicine, and neuroscience. “The psychological, social and societal consequences of Covid-19 will be the psychological, social and societal consequences of Covid-19,” said author and psychologist Marty Hasselton, from the University of California, Los Angeles. “Very long-lasting, and the longer the virus persists, the more permanent these changes are likely to be.”
The team also warned that would-be couples who met via videoconference amidst the lockdown may find themselves frustrated when they finally meet in the outside world, and Professor Haselton adds: “You cannot tell us about zooming methods if the two have a chemistry between the two.”
The lack of signs in new “digitally rigged” relationships could potentially lead to an over-idealization of potential partners, a misconception that could mean that the pairing may not survive the reality of the meeting, so people will stay single for longer.
The team noted that, unlike previous crises, the epidemic does not bring people together, nor does it foster increased empathy, but rather piled up more on the plates of women who have been more strict due to marriage, than professional and family obligations.
The school closures have placed women with greater responsibilities in childcare and education, and according to Professor Haselton, the effects are already being felt: “In the world of academics, researchers seem to be spreading less in the midst of the pandemic, unlike their male counterparts.”
On the other hand, the research team suggests that this trend could lead to a “widespread retreat towards traditional gender norms”, whereby women end up relying on their men as “breadwinners”, and thus a shift towards social conservatism.
The professor continued, “The virus is deceptive because it has the ability to transmit infection to us through our contact with others, especially loved ones, who appear healthy. Our social features that define much of what a person means makes us a prime target for viral exploitation .. Policies that demand isolation and divergence affect us strongly. On our families, our careers, our relationships, and gender roles. ”
And like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2 faces evolutionary pressure to manipulate the behavior and physiology of its hosts in a way that ensures its transmission and persistence, and researchers suggest that the Corona virus may alter our nerve tissues to influence our behavior, such as suppressing sick feelings and strengthening social motivations at the height of infection before symptoms appear.
In this way, newly infected individuals are likely to communicate with others and spread the virus before they realize they have it, yet the normal development of the brains of young animals, including children, unexpectedly requires exposure to a variety of microorganisms.
This allows the little ones to prepare themselves against various pathogens that they may encounter later during adulthood, however, home stay and quarantine measures have halted social interactions that would expose millions of teenagers to new microbes.
The researchers said it remains to be seen what impact this shift will have on the immune systems and developing brains of young people, and the team concluded that a better understanding of the behavioral, developmental and psychological effects of SARS-CoV-2 will enable us to better fight the epidemic.