Pretty much every person on the planet would say that, when they decide to get married, they want to stay married for life.
Obviously, that doesn’t always happen, but new data found that people are taking one important step that might help them avoid divorce: They’re dating longer. The average couple dates for 17 months before moving in together, lives together for 22 months before getting engaged, and then spends about 20 more months engaged before getting married.
But, if you’re waiting to get married and keep getting pressure from relatives to tie the knot, feel free to point out that it’s totally normal to take your time these days.
Korin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.
A diamond is forever, but an expensive engagement ring means the marriage might not last that long. Here are the highlights, displayed with Olson's visualizations and used here with his permission: Men are 50 percent more likely to end up divorced when they said their partner's looks were important in their decision to get married, and women are 60 percent more likely to end up divorced when they cared about their partner’s wealth, compared to people who said they cared about neither. Honeymoons decrease the chances of divorce by 41 percent.* * *Part of the study echoes what we already know about marriage: That it's increasingly for rich people—who make a lot and can afford honeymoons.