Living together has become so common that a growing number of U.S. residents view cohabitation as an alternative to marriage, an international study indicates…The study analyzed cohabitation, marriage and divorce data from 13 countries.

Excluding the United States, the study found between 15 percent and 30 percent of couples in the countries surveyed indicated they were living together. That figure was about 10 percent in the United States.

“We’re still the most marrying of all these countries, but the data are clearly headed in the one common direction. It’s headed in the direction of cohabitation as an alternative,” says David Popenoe, chief author and co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.

The analysis found the marriage rate is down in all countries except Norway and Sweden, which traditionally have had low marriage rates. In the United States, the marriage rate fell nearly 20 percent from 1995 to 2005.

Another religious “rule” falling by the wayside.

  1. Mister Mustard says:

    >>We don’t! Why ruin a perfectly good friendship?

    Wow, sounds like you must have a really hot sex life with your “buddies”. Sheesh.

  2. Petrov says:

    c152driver said,
    The arguments against marriage seem to center around the messiness of divorce. It’s as if people go into marriage expecting it to fail. That’s sad.

    Odds are it will. 70% of the time it’ll be the women divorcing the man because she’s no longer happy. If that’s how it’s going to be, then I can’t blame men for not wanting to risk it.

  3. Mister Ketchup says:

    Mustard – The only piece of ass you ever had was when your hand slipped off the toilet paper.

  4. Petrov says:

    c152driver said
    Petrov-#33, I don’t argue with those facts,

    As the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. That number is what’s floating around the net. 50% of all marriages end in divorce and approx 70% of them are initiated by the women.

    How accurate these numbers are? Who can say.

  5. Mister Mustard says:

    >>Mustard – The only piece of ass you ever had
    >>was when your hand slipped off the toilet

    Tee hee! A little hot under the collar over my mention of your “sex” life, are we? Haw!

    How’s that Heinz stuff work as lube, btw? Is it better than Del Monte?

    Man, you are so BUSTED!


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