Cohabitation Is Becoming Popular And A Social Norm Worldwide

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Cohabitation is continuing to become increasingly popular and a social norm worldwide. Currently, in the United States, the cohabitation statistics might not be as accurate. The reports could be lower than the actual rate because U.S. Census Bureau does not tabulate all unmarried couples in a home but only the person who rents or owns. Gay couples might not want to disclose that they live together which could also lead to a lower than actual rate report. In addition, some people believe that they are in a common-law marriage and do not feel that they are “unmarried partners.” Therefore, they do not report it as such. (Benokraitis, 2012) In the United States, 20% of all cohabitors are age 24 or younger and 56 % are between the ages of 25 and 44. For some people in their mid-30s to mid-40s, one or both partners may be divorced and involved romantically, but not interested in remarrying. People 50 years old and older report significantly higher relationship quality and stability, but view their relationship as an alternative to marriage or remarriage rather than as a prelude to them. People 65 years old and older has risen in cohabitation rate. (Benokraitis, 2012) By age 30, half of all U.S. women have cohabited. Young women whose mothers cohabited are 57% more likely to cohabit. Women whose mothers have a college degree or more are significantly less likely to cohabit than are women whose mothers have less than a high school education.

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