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Colby Merchant Dr. Landers-Potts SOCI 4610 March 6 th , 2008 “Unmarried in America” Section I: Interview Write Up The person whom I contacted to interview about cohabitation is Joseph Merchant. He is a 24 year old white adult male who currently works one full-time job and another part-time job. I felt he was appropriate to interview because of his own living arrangement. Currently Joseph is cohabitating with his girlfriend Morgan and have been living so for an over three years. Our relation is being immediate family members, with him being the oldest brother. Colby: First, I would like to share with you the general research question being presented. What are the current trends regarding unmarried ‘families’ with respect to demographics present and predicted, and what are the benefits in our society of being married. Ok, I would like to start by asking you how long you have been cohabiting with Morgan? Joseph Merchant: Three years. CM: How long had you been dating before the two of you decided to cohabitate? JM: Probably three to six months. CM: Why did you choose to cohabit as opposed to getting married or staying in separate households?
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JM: Convenience and it was easy. Her mom lives in Metter (2 hours away from Savannah, where both live) and we spent a lot of time together so we decided it would be easier if she just moved to Savannah. Also with her going to school [Armstrong] in town, it made sense. CM: Do you think you will get married at some point in your life? Why or why not? JM: Most likely because it’s financially beneficial and you can’t expect someone to stay with you for real long without serious commitment. You have to “put up or shut up”. CM: If so, then how old do you think you will be? JM: Within the next three years. I’m waiting for her to finish school and by then I also plan on making more money and therefore being able to provide for her and be secure. CM: Do you think it’s better to live with someone before marrying them? Why or why not? JM: Yeah, I do because if you can’t handle living with someone before marriage, marriage isn’t going to fix it. You really get to know the person while living with them and you get to also see how they are ordinary circumstances. CM: Would you ever (intentionally or unintentionally) have a child outside of marriage? JM: No. CM: Do you think pop culture has changed enough to reflect the reality of people living together prior to getting married?
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JM: Yeah. I think so. It is shown in a positive light and not shown as taboo. They would be stupid not to market to cohabiters since so many people do cohabitate. CM: Currently, unmarried people do not receive health insurance from employers or social security benefits after the death of a partner, have higher health insurance rates and more difficulty receiving house and credit approval, pay higher taxes, spousal discounts at health clubs and hotels, etc. Do you think this is fair? Why or why not? JM:
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