Washington Post

Married people have happier, healthier relationships than unmarried couples who live together, data show

Social scientists have known for some time that married people tend to be happier than their single counterparts. But the recent rise of cohabitation without marriage has complicated that picture somewhat, with modern relationships often involving a lot more ambiguity and nuance. Foto: Arkivfoto

New research shows - for the first time - that younger adults are more likely to have shared a home with a partner than a spouse, but that cohabitation doesn't deliver the same levels of happiness, trust and well-being that marriage can bring.

Some 59% of those 18 to 44 have had live-in partner without being married, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, compared with 50% who've walked down the aisle. That's a reversal from as recently as 2002, when more Americans in that age bracket had experienced marriage...

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