Dating vs living together
Today, cohabitation is a common pattern among people in the Western world.
In Europe, the Scandinavian countries have been the first to start this leading trend, although many countries have since followed.
Unfortunately, research shows that cohabitation is correlated with greater likelihood of unhappiness and domestic violence in the relationship.
Even easier to grasp was the shame of singleness (especially for women). Today, co-habitation either before, or in lieu of, marriage, is not only considered okay by most, it is becoming increasingly common, not only among twenty-somethings but also in the over 50 set.Financial security doesn’t really differ between cohabiting and married couples.(Everyone fights over bills.) Among college graduates, cohabiting heterosexual couples are as well off as their married counterparts.(Same-sex cohabiting couples have higher incomes than married adults in general, but there are few studies comparing same-sex cohabitation and marriage.) And it’s hard to know exactly how living together affects a couple’s financial status.
Other socioeconomic factors come into play—for example, people who don’t graduate from college are twice as likely to live together without marrying first.
Women are more likely to be abused by a cohabiting boyfriend than a husband.