Even though statistics show that many cohabiting couples are unsure of their future together, many still take the big step of living together. Picture: AFP
A new study shows that moving in together for couples isn’t necessarily a sign of commitment.
According to new research conducted by RAND Corporation found that a noteworthy number of people surveyed who live with their partners are not assured that their relationship is permanent or will lead to marriage, reported huffingtonpost.com.
The two researchers, sociologists Michael Pollard and Kathleen Mullan Harris used existing data from an ‘Add Health’ survey that looked at 15 197 men and women aged between 18 and 26, who were living together. In the results, 52% of men and 39% of women were uncertain that their relationship was permanent, huffingtonpost.com reported.
Even though statistics show that many cohabiting couples are unsure of their future together, many still take the big step of living together.
According to huffingtonpost.com a “CDC report released in April 2013 found that cohabitation is becoming more common and lasting longer; and amongst 12 000 women, 48% were unmarried and living with a significant other”.
If there is no guarantee of marriage, why move in?
According to foxnews.com couples who make the decision to live together base it on a number of factors, including: wanting to test if they are compatible as roomies, some do it in the hope of saving money because of cheaper rent and others do it in the hopes that moving in together will lead to engagement.
But experts warn against moving in together based on reasons of convenience because in many cases, couples end up sliding into marriage because that might just seem like the next step.
“We think that some couples who move in together without a clear commitment to marriage may wind up sliding into marriage just because they’re already cohabiting,” lead researcher Galena Rhoades, of the University of Denver, explained to dailymail.co.uk.
Even though not all couples who cohabitate don’t spend the rest of their lives together, moving in with a partner before marriageis still seen by many as a sign of great commitment and trust.