If we arbitrarily define "engagement" as the decision to marry - regardless of any formal declaration - I expect that the cohabiting couples marry sooner than the others, who will probably plan a more formal wedding with a longer period to organize it (ask mothers of the bride what all that entails! To simplify the question: Do couples "date" longer before they decide to cohabit or before they formally declare their engagement? There are too many levels of "co..." without "-habiting" to allow a clear definition. I certainly agree that living together delays "engagement", but if the couple is living together for years, a "common law marriage" in practice if not under the law (remember "palamony" suits) why should they ever consider getting engaged? I am a little intrigued that you consider that these couples have no higher commitment than couples who are not living together. I am probably a good deal older and imagine things differently. I am sure they do view it as a higher committment than not living together, which was probably the point in the first place.
You may have heard this discussed on the radio or on television: some people get married rather quickly after they begin dating.
Sometimes this leads to successful marriages, while others don't last more than a year.
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Is there a difference in the average length of time spent dating before engagement for couples who live together (cohabit) versus those who do not?