Despite a divorce rate that hovers around fifty percent and an unprecedented number of people choosing to stay single, surveys show that most Americans still view marriage as the ideal. Studies also show that married people earn more money, are happier, and live longer than singles.
So in spite of the bad press and the troubling trends, marriage is still very popular and a great life choice. That’s the good news. The bad news is that fewer people are living what they say they want and actually need. Why? Cohabitation.
There’s been a fifteen hundred percentage increase in the past half century of people living together. But what many people believe to be rehearsal for marriage is actually practice for divorce since most shacking up relationships end before marriage. Those who do go from “sliding” to “deciding,” research indicates they have a significantly higher chance of getting a divorce. In short: living together decreases your chances of staying together.
Take Away: Living together decreases your chances of staying together.