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Infographic: Cohabitating Lowers Your Chances of a Successful Marriage

June 24th, 2012 by

Check out this well done infographic from illustrating some statistics about living together before marriage

Note: These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt. Studies have found that couples who wait until after marriage to move in together have a slightly higher rate of success, but that does not mean that couples who move in before marriage and then get divorced do so because they moved in together (correlation does not imply causation).  Lots of people move in together before getting married, and stay happily married forever, but statistically-speaking cohabitation is negatively correlated with marital success.

Still, it’s a cool graphic, it is scientifically sound, and it bodes well for us WTMer’s, since we usually don’t move-in together until after marriage.

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Infographic about cohabitation before marriage

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Mike handles all of the programming and design work for Although he still writes the occasional article, he spends most of his time these days creating new site features and keeping everything organized. Mike is web software developer by day, and is in school to become a psychologist. In his free time Mike enjoys running, biking, and movies.

4 Responses to “Infographic: Cohabitating Lowers Your Chances of a Successful Marriage”

  1. Satan says:

    283 active members? I guess what they say about christianity being a dying religion is true.

  2. Mike says:

    @Satan – First, not everybody who waits is Christian. This site has members from all religions, including atheist and agnostic members. I’m not sure if we have any Satanic members yet. The emphasis on hedonism and impulsivity in Satanism probably reduces the chances of its members feeling compelled to wait.

    Anyhow. That “active members” count is a very sober, realistic count. It’s not simply people who have visited the site (that number is in the hundreds of thousands) or people who have joined the forums (that number is in the thousands). That’s 283 people who have gone through the registration process, verbally identified themselves as waiters-till-marriage, AND contributed to the discussion in some way.

    It would be a mistake to compare it to something simple like “Facebook likes.” It would be more accurate to compare it to a concept like “regular customers” or “number of support group members who actually show up for meetings.”

  3. kayla says:

    Really satan, lets be honest. you would not have been on this site to criticize if waiting till marraige didnt slightly sound apealing to you. unless u just look for opportunities to cut good people down(and i hope not). I hope that if u r a virgin still, u can decide on a reason to wait also. i am not one for dramma so if your throwing back a couner arguement, u r entitled to your own oppinion so i will not be grattifying u with another response. have a nice day.

  4. Yup says:

    I am not a virgin but I decided to wait until marriage with my girlfriend

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