Posted by: Jennifer | September 23, 2005

hanging on to singlehood a little longer

I’ve always been a great believer in the theory that living together before you get married is the best way to make sure that the two of you are meant to be together. After all, if you can’t survive cohabitation before you get married, how will you manage it after the vows? Apparently, not everyone feels this way.

Anne-Marie Ambert, a sociology professor at York University, said her review of recent research shows that couples who lived together before getting married face as much as double the risk of separaration as those who lived apart.

“If I were a young woman who wanted to get married and have children — which means by definition that I want to have a solid marriage — I would not cohabit before marriage or would cohabit only once I am engaged,” she said in an interview yesterday.

I have to admit that I was somewhat surprised by the results of this study, but after reading some of the reasoning for the conclusions, I saw that it really did make sense. From now on, I’m going to use this study as the reason why The Man and I don’t live together. It has nothing to do with a fear of committment on either of our parts. It’s because science tells us not to.



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