How long dating before love
We simply know better than to take chances on lifelong decisions just for the sake of tradition, whereas in some parts of the East, they still make that mistake, as is also evident through all the war going on over there.
I am a 42 year old woman who has been with a special person for only 4 months.
Some marital experts would argue that two years is a good amount of time to wait.
If you are looking for a general rule of thumb, then two years is probably a good length of time for most people, but I don’t personally favor any hard-and-fast rule about how long a courtship should be.
Since sex is what sets marriage apart from all other relationships, normally, I would hope you counsel couples not to wait.
Or at least advise them that they are flying blind and putting their couple-dom at serious risk. A lot of couples don't know whether they are bonded together because of sex or because of actual long-term compatibility.
Where is your statistical proof that those people are happy?
What you consider cultural bias, I consider the evolution of humanity.
He works hard and we see each other sometimes twice a week because he is as serious as I am.
Real compatibility is hard to assess based on limited opportunities for interaction.
The fantasy script of the stateside partner incorporates the potent thought, “My partner is a hero,” and all sorts of positive traits are then linked to this global perception.
They don't know whether they are moving forward because of inertia--particularly because of living together--or because being together forever actually makes sense.
The couple that is not sleeping together isn't worried about how they will feel after the initial glow of sex wears off because their relationship and commitment were not founded upon a sexual relationship. This is almost universally declaring sex before marriage a necessity. My friend however, got married after a month and has now been together for 16 years...