It's common for contemporary couples to live together before marriage, but their reasons for doing so appear to predict how happy their marriage will eventually be.
When couples use cohabitation to test out a relationship, or when they cohabitate for practical reasons (e.g., finances), they tend to report less dedication to their relationships and less relationship confidence.
Social media and technology have changed the dating game, and even the ways in which we woo have changed.
You may have never had “the talk” because many of our 21st-century dating rituals are now painfully drawn out.
We spend weeks using memorized and mirror-practiced pickup lines, months remaining in undefined grey areas, and many of us have even put off the idea of “the one” in favor of just having a good time for years.
You're in an enviable position if you think you've found your match. In other words, if dating is an important part of determining if someone is right for you, after how long will you have enough information to know?
Maybe you've been together for two weeks, or maybe it's been eight years, but if marriage is a goal for both of you, when is the best time to make that happen? Researchers at Emory University surveyed over 3,000 people in the United States who are or have been married about various aspects of their dating, their engagements, and their weddings (Francis-Tan & Mialon, 2015).