In most areas of life, having more experience is good. We found that having more sexual and cohabiting partners before marriage is associated with lower relationship quality once married.
Before getting to her findings, let’s review some of the cohabitation trends she highlights in her report (based on prior studies).
Second, most people want lasting love in life, and most people still intend to accomplish that in marriage.
However, the ways cohabitation has changed in the past three decades make it less likely that people who have that goal will succeed in it. It is obvious that cohabitation has become de-linked from marriage.
Guzzo notes, as have others, that cohabiting has become a normative experience in the romantic and sexual lives of young adults.
As young adults put off marriage until later in life, cohabitation has inhabited much of the space that used to be made up of married couples.