Shacking Up. Not Trying Out

It’s not about testing the waters anymore. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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It’s commonly believed that cohabitation is used as sort of a test run for marriage. Younger couples, perhaps fearful from the failed marriages they have seen, decide to try out living together for compatibility. And we’ve seen the stats: Couples that live together before marriage tend to divorce at higher, not lower, rates.

Well according to new analysis of US Census Data, while young adults aged 25-34 are still the largest demographic living together, significant numbers of older adults are cohabitating now as well. In fact, there has been a doubling of the proportion of older adults choosing cohabitation.

And for them, it’s not a test run. According to Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, older adults see it as “a long-term alternative for marriage.”  But it’s a bad alternative. As I’ve said before, cohabitation is an opposite alternative in terms of social outcomes. And sadly, it’s becoming more normal. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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Frank Pompa | USA Today | October 17, 2012