Dating vs living together
Without that level of commitment, intimacy is elusive.
Even married people can communicate a lack of commitment.
First of all, the primary reason people live together without being married is that one or both parties are unwilling to commit on a higher level.Financial security doesn’t really differ between cohabiting and married couples.(Everyone fights over bills.) Among college graduates, cohabiting heterosexual couples are as well off as their married counterparts.(Same-sex cohabiting couples have higher incomes than married adults in general, but there are few studies comparing same-sex cohabitation and marriage.) And it’s hard to know exactly how living together affects a couple’s financial status.
Other socioeconomic factors come into play—for example, people who don’t graduate from college are twice as likely to live together without marrying first.Thus, by resembling marriage in some ways and differing from it in others, cohabitation brings some but not all of the costs and benefits of marriage.