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Waiting to get married to be able to afford the ring and wedding●Idea that we should be independently financially stable before marriage○College -> Career -> Marriage●Better career potential and earning potential for women■Technology●Contraception○We can live longer portions of our lives without having children●Reproductive technologies○Fertility treatments = later start at childbearing■Culture●Sex outside of marriage accepted●Freedom/emerging adulthood○Marriage is no longer equivalent to becoming an adult○Self-supporting, moving out, completing school, full time job, financial stability, and finally marriage●Cohabitation○To Partner: Unmarried partners involved in a close personal relationship who share living quarters■Can be premarital or just general■Has become way more likely●900% increase since 1960s●Less of a social stigma○Quasi-cohabitation (not to be confused with “Living Alone Together”)●Living Alone Together: “Have an intimate relationship but reside at separate addresses”○Refers more to people who have found that they cannot live together due to differences in personality■Individuals spend most nights together but maintain separate residencies (Quasi)■Why?●Not ready to make the big step●Hiding their living arrangement from family/others
●Maintain some independence●Busy day/work schedules●Dress rehearsal for cohabitation or marriage●Passionate love: People don’t want to be apart■Benefits●Get to know someone better●Dress rehearsal●Can save money●Convenience●Emotional wellbeing●Shared responsibilities■Cons●Accentuate each others problems or dislikes●Give up independence/alone time●Romance killer○Who cohabitates?■Pretty much everyone●70% of women age 30-34●⅔ of marriages take place between cohabitors○Is it a bad idea?■Answer to this question is changing●Past studies: Cohabited couples were more likely to get married, then more likely to get divorced○Why? Selection effect■Religion●Less likely to cohabit●Also less likely to divorce■Already married once = more likely to cohabit●Divorce predicts divorce■Age at cohabitation, not cohabitation itself, accounts for differences in divorce rates●Move in before 23: Raised divorce rates●Move in after 23: Lowered divorce rates■Some evidence that people are prolonging marriage due to cohabitation●Make a commitment without a marital commitment■Some argue that cohabitation gives couple’s a chance at a trial run that allows them to weed out bad relationships/partners■Serial cohabitors are at greater risk of divorce■Sliding into Marriage - BAAAAAD●Higher chance of divorce●“We’re basically already married, may as well just do it”●“It would be too hard to break up. Maybe if we get married , it will fix the relationship”●Marriage○Are we still getting married?