But those feeling smug and secure in the early years of their partnership may want to sit up and take note as new research reveals that couples are now most likely to end their relationships after just two years and nine months.The research polled a total of 1,953 UK adults who had all been the individual that ended a serious relationship or marriage within the past two years.If you are seriously dating someone, how long should it be before you pop the question?
By the same token, if one party is really delaying marriage (going beyond 4 years), then it’s not a matter of being cautious, it’s a sign that he/she doesn’t really want to get married. There are MANY men who propose as soon as they can when they’re in love. In it, Professor Ted Huston studies 168 couples for ten years. “Researchers saw some typical changes that take place in all marriages during the first couple of years: fewer overt displays of affection; less sex; and fewer leisure activities together, as the relationship evolves from a romantic, recreational relationship to something like a working partnership.” This is all normal and predictable, says the married dating coach. Another reader – who was attempting to shoot down my assertion that you should ideally wait 2-3 years before getting engaged – sent me a link to a super-informative article.The research also showed that most partners are introduced to friends for the first time after six dates or three weeks, and that people are most likely to introduce their new boy or girlfriend to their parents after 12 dates or six weeks.It’s a question that comes up occasionally within a singles ministry.