Granted, this is just one study, and statistics can't confer the individual value of lasting unions.And clearly, humans derive plenty of joy that translates to improved mental and physical health from positive, intimate relationships.Still, the move from dating to talking is interesting because it’s a somewhat newer phenomenon.
So while a lot of people experience a happiness boost from entering into long-term relationships, it isn't a panacea.
In other words, marriage (and cohabitation) doesn't necessarily guarantee all of those benefits attributed to it.
Let folks couple up as they will and call it a day. Like a good relationship scholar, I've read Stephanie Coontz's "Marriage: A History" and understand the whys and wherefores of this most-exalted institution.
Married people tend to report being happier than singles, and a pair of economists once calculated the monetary value of that wedded bliss at $100,000 per year.
Sooner or later, both your crew and your boo’s crew are hanging out and intermingling. After you two have a hookup session, you’re not really thinking about doing anything beyond, well, hooking up.
You’re just thinking about when the next hook up session will be.
But if couples expect marriage to make an enormous difference in their well-being, they might be disappointed in the long run -- or at least after three years or so.
It’s 2017, and the idea of dating is become a little more, well, rare. After all, the very concept of dating has changed a lot over the past century; in the ’50s, you’d be hard pressed to go on a date with anyone without your parents meeting your bae first. People can date for months without ever someone’s parents, and nobody is clutching their pearls.
But time and time again I’ve witnessed friends driving themselves up the wall trying to figure out if they’re still in the talking phase of a relationship, or if they’re actually dating in every way but name.
Well, if you’re in the same boat, here are nine ways to tell if you’re dating or talking.
Musick and Bumpass set out on their meta-analysis because "literature on the benefits of marriage and cohabitation has largely ignored how well-being changes as marriages and cohabitations progress over time, despite clear evidence of relationship instability." And in fact, that "three-year itch" was a mere side note in its rich findings.