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.
They do not leave their futures—including their marriages—up to chance, but instead proceed through life in a very intentional manner.
Many have delayed receiving their relatively high incomes for several years to pursue graduate degrees.
We got married less than six months later than our engagement.Because it felt important and timely, I deviated last week from my central topic to write a short piece on deceptive marketing practices affecting untold numbers of returning Veterans with G. In addition to being a highly accomplished group, well-educated people are thoughtful planners and strategists. This week brings a refocus on the central theme of this blog: What are the multiple reasons that well-educated people have better marriages relative to the general population?Similarly, the married respondents in my well-educated sample () indicated that they spent an average of 3.6 years dating their husbands before committing to marriage.This is much longer than the 2 year relationship “trial period” suggested by some theorists.I think it happened at the right time, though we would've loved to have been able to move in together right away instead of waiting a few months to buy a house together.