In fact, nearly a third of all people who claim they are in this type of relationship say these are college relationships.Non-marital relationships are not the only ones in which long distance may be a factor.If we act like we're married before we've made that commitment, we're defrauding (and sinning).I don't know whether you've noticed this, but people involved in a dating relationship tend to get to know each other better over the course of that relationship.A massive 89% of us move into a shared flat or house together before we get married, which seems pretty sensible (how else are you supposed to check whether they’ve got a secret Joe Mc Eldrey fandom going on) but is a big cultural shift.
However, one of the most common reasons people end up in long distance relationships is because of college.
It’s a tricky question, knowing when it’s the perfect time to get engaged.
When you announce your engagement to the world, the goal is for people to be happy and excited, rather than thinking ‘about bloody time, it’s been literally decades’, or, even worse, ‘Wait, who’s the bloke holding the ring box in the photo?
This breaks down as 1.4 years (17 months) of dating before moving in together, living together for 1.83 years (22 months) before getting engaged, and spending 1.67 years (20 months) engaged before getting married.
On average, couples will spend 3.5 years living together before marriage, and nearly nine in 10 couples (89%) live together in some capacity beforehand.