Results showed that couples that had dated an average of twenty-five months before marriage were most happily married at the conclusion of the study.
The study also looked at couples who were quicker to get married.
Huston followed 168 newlywed couples over fourteen years and charted each couple's relationship satisfaction throughout.
The purpose of dating is to get to know someone as fully as possible before tying the knot—ultimately with the goal of having a successful marriage that lasts.
But what exactly is transpiring in this time that either confirms or disproves compatibility? Especially as our notions of dating practices change (thanks, Tinder), and we consistently hear about the supposed 50 percent divorce rate, I think we all wonder if there's some definitive rule book we be following.
Or they assume you're not interested in marriage at all. I had strange conversations that revealed a lot about people's fears of marriage: "Yeah, who needs to get married? I suppose these fears aren't completely unjustified.
I even had some friends assume we weren't married yet because we hated the idea of marriage — you know, like they did. You'll just stop having sex and bicker all the time! There that weird phenomenon of long-standing relationships falling apart after making it legal. How does all this relate to the phenomenon of the epic, half-decade engagements?