Millions of adults believe they will never snog a stranger or share a drink again once the pandemic is over

SNOGGING a stranger or sharing a drink could be a thing of the past for millions of adults once the pandemic is over.

A study of 2,000 adults found moving forward, eight in 10 will consciously try not to share items with other people, while 73 per cent will now always maintain a social distance from those they don’t know.

One quarter of adults won’t reach into someone else’s crisp bag for a handful and a third will no longer sneak a bite out of another’s sandwich.

Using make-up samples in a store, borrowing someone else’s lip balm and standing close to someone in a queue are also things Brits will avoid.

While 25 per cent can't see themselves surrounded by others in a busy pub again even after all restrictions are lifted.

And 21 per cent intend to avoid buffet style restaurants at all costs.

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.”

Researchers found one fifth of adults have no intention of using office cutlery in the future – assuming they return to the workplace eventually.

Similarly, the same percentage won’t use mugs or glasses in the office, and one in 10 will steer clear of the office tea round, 'just in case'.

It also emerged people are more wary of others than ever before, with 19 per cent saying they won’t chat to someone in close proximity in a club, a fifth won’t shake someone’s hand and 18 per cent will avoid sitting next to others on public transport.

Four in 10 adults polled via OnePoll said that going forward, they will be comfortable refusing a hug from someone, if they felt it inappropriate.

These findings are despite one third of adults claiming they are usually tactile, touchy feely people.

And Brits are agreed it will take an average of 12 months following lockdown lifting, and the vaccine being rolled out to all adults, before life will start to feel anything like ‘normal’ again.

On the back of the findings the eyecare specialists have launched a quiz for Brits to determine if they are already experts at social distancing, or if there is more work to be done.

Vision Direct spokesperson Rebecca Strauss added: “There are no two ways about it, our lives have changed forever.

“To be honest, there were some things that weren’t a good idea pre-pandemic – such as sharing make-up, borrowing specs, and taking a bite out of someone else’s sandwich.

"But there are also things that were safe and continue to be safe through it all – wearing contact lenses (especially daily lenses), exercising outdoors and visiting the grocery store while wearing a mask.

"Hopefully if we have learned anything through all this, it is to be mindful of our own personal space and hygiene habits.”


1.   Use someone else’s lip balm

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

13.   Hold the handrail on an escalator          

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

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        

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        

31.   Sit on a train without sanitizing the area

32.   Hotdesk 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      

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  

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