Dating too long before marriage
There are a small percentage of people who have no interest in marriage and will date infinitely.
That’s fair, and the right thing for those people to do is to let you know up front that this is only dating and it’s not going any farther than this.
How much time does it take to determine if he or she is “the one”? I know of people who have gotten married very quickly (like in a matter of days) and are still married decades later—and people who did the same thing and were divorced just as quickly.
Or, a couple may be “in a relationship” for a decade, finally get married, and then split up in the first year.
We surveyed a random sample of 2,072 females in the United States aged 18 to 45 over a course of three weeks to see how long they dated their partners before they got engaged.
We asked three simple questions: Each of these questions were designed with the goal in mind: to find out how time and age affect relationships.
Dating is an opportunity for me to learn as much as possible about my woman.
In fact, they tended to divorce quicker than those with short courtships.
Again, there are a couple of reasons why taking too long is a bad sign: It’s not so much that people wait too long to get married, but that they stay in a relationship that never was built to last.
First and foremost, we found that the average length of a relationship before engagement is 44 months, or 3.67 years.
That’s almost an entire year longer than other studies have stated!
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It’s not meant to be a permanent place of residence in case “something better” comes along.