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Covid-19 Could Mean Snogging Is Now A Thing Of A Past, According To New Poll

Covid-19 Could Mean Snogging Is Now A Thing Of A Past, According To New Poll

Making out could officially be a thing of the past, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a poll of 2,000 adults, kissing a stranger on a night out is one of the key things people would think twice before doing again, when lockdown ends.

Snaking a bite of a sandwich, sipping somebody else's drink and sharing a packet of crisps in the pub are also things people have admitted to be hesitant about in future.

The research, conducted by One Poll, found that as many as eight in 10 individuals are going to consciously try not to share items with other people going forward.

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Meanwhile, 73 per cent say they plan to always maintain a social distance from those they don't know (tell that to all the thirsty lads in the club when it opens, post-lockdown...)

Kissing a stranger could soon be a thing of the past (Credit: Unsplash)
Kissing a stranger could soon be a thing of the past (Credit: Unsplash)

A quarter of people said that, even after the pandemic, they can't imagine themselves standing close to somebody in a bustling pub, while 21 per cent said they won't be returning to buffet restaurants when they're allowed back open.

Just shy of 20 per cent of people said they wouldn't be chatting to somebody at a close distance in a pub any more, either, while one in five wouldn't even shake someone's hand and 18 per cent said they'd sit alone on public transport, where they are able.

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Researchers also found one fifth of adults would never go back to using office cutlery in the future, even if their workplace reopened. Plus, they said they would be shunning communal workplace mugs and glasses.

In fact, one in 10 pledged to pass on the office tea round, 'just in case'.

People are not going to sit next to anybody on the tube anymore (Credit: PA)
People are not going to sit next to anybody on the tube anymore (Credit: PA)

It doesn't stop there, either. As many as 40 per cent of individuals also said they would be comfortable saying no to a hug, if it didn't feel safe - and this comes despite one third of us conceding that we are usually tactile individuals.

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Using make-up samples in a store is also a no-no going forward, for many, as is borrowing someone else's lip balm.

Rebecca Strauss, from Vision Direct, which commissioned the research, said: "Habits such as carrying hand sanitizer everywhere, working from home when we have a cold, and washing our hands any time we touch our faces or eyes are positive habits we can continue to practice after the pandemic.

"We have always stressed the importance of good hygiene and handwashing in regards to eye health.

"But the pandemic has really opened our eyes to how these habits should be carried into other aspects of our lives."

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People could start turning down hugs in future (Credit: Shutterstock)
People could start turning down hugs in future (Credit: Shutterstock)

The Top 50 Things Brits Will Avoid After Lockdown

1. Use someone else's lip balm

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2. Sneak a bite of someone else's sandwich

3. Use store make-up samples

4. Snog a stranger on a night out

5. Borrow a swimming costume from someone else

6. Use someone else's make up

7. Stand close to people at the bar or in a queue

8. Leave the house without hand sanitiser

9. Share a pack of crisps in a pub

10. Use someone else's deodorant

11. Get someone to check if your breath smells

12. Go to a buffet-style restaurant

Buffets could be a thing of the past (Credit: Shutterstock)
Buffets could be a thing of the past (Credit: Shutterstock)

13. Hold the handrail on an escalator

14. Hold onto public transport e.g. the bus/tube handles/pole

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15. Shake someone's hand

16. Borrow gloves from someone else

17. Drink from mugs/glasses in work

18. Chat in close proximity to someone in a club

19. Sit next to someone on public transport

20. Use office cutlery

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21. Try on someone else's glasses to see what they look like

22. Share clothes with a friend

23. Use your fingertips to push pelican crossing buttons

24. Use gym equipment after someone else

25. High five someone

26. Use someone else's nail varnish

27. Share takeaway food dishes with others

28. Let someone else pack your shopping in the bags at the supermarket

29. Go to a live sporting event

30. Use a public toilet

People have pledged to avoid public toilets (Credit: Shutterstock)
People have pledged to avoid public toilets (Credit: Shutterstock)

31. Sit on a train without sanitising the area

32. Hot-desk at work

33. Partake in free food giveaways at work

34. Use someone else's pen

35. Try on sunglasses in a shop

36. Take part in an office 'tea round'

37. Use your fingertips to operate cashpoints

38. Pay for things with cash

39. Check your hair in someone's sunglasses reflection

Paying for things with cash could also be over with (Credit: Pexels)
Paying for things with cash could also be over with (Credit: Pexels)

40. Use a swing at a park

41. Buy something from a charity shop

42. Go back to the office at all

43. Accept a cup of tea from someone else

44. Go to shopping centres

45. Sit in the back seat of a car next to someone

46. Sleep over at someone else's house

47. Having a slice of birthday cake at a party

48. Sample someone else's baking

49. Pose for a group photo

50. Use a toilet at someone else's house

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: lockdown, Sex and Relationships, Coronavirus, Sex & Relationships, Covid-19

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