Average dating time before marriage statistics
But, as I get older, I find myself and many of my still single friends discussing the simple question: how long is too long to wait before marriage?
Mind you, I’ve been down this road before, so I’m certainly not in a place where I feel like I need to—or should—rush headlong into anything.
Another reader – who was attempting to shoot down my assertion that you should ideally wait 2-3 years before getting engaged – sent me a link to a super-informative article.
“The fact of a couple moving quickly toward marriage is not in and of itself a problem as much as what is driving the speed.
Strong, shared religious values are apparently a bonus. Spontaneous, drive-thru marriages in the name of love?
Francis and Mialon surveyed over 3,000 married couples, attempting to find links between different variables and the length (or continued survivals) of their marriages. Olson visualized the results in a The very poor are more likely to divorce than the wealthy, though there are diminishing returns to increasing wealth until you hit the really big bucks.
In some ways marriage has taken on a terrifying role in today's society because of what can come after: divorce.
It's not an unreasonable fear considering an estimated 40 to 50% of married couples in the US have divorced.
Waiting to put a ring on it for at least a year or two (or even three) is a big plus. The comparative success of higher-income couples probably reflects the tendency of of arguments in a relationship, so it makes sense that the financially well-off would last longer than their poorer counterparts. With that said, patience is still, and will always be, a virtue.