Study: “Shacking up” before marriage is the new normal

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HYATTSVILLE, MD – Nowadays, women are waiting to walk down the aisle. According to a new survey by the National Center for Health Statistics, 48% of women aged 15 to 44 shacked up with their man first between 2006 and 2010.

That`s up from 43% in 2002 and 34% in 1995.

But wait! Isn`t every woman`s dream to get married and live happily ever after? Maybe in 1950.

It`s a different story in 2013.

It`s much more acceptable to be in a long-term, committed relationship without that legal document. Brad and Angelina, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Oprah and Gayle–ok so we made that last one up but you get the point!

Another reason? Money!

Young people fresh out of college are often loaded with debt. Living together gives them time to improve financial stability.

One thing this ‘study’ fails to mention, but you`re probably all thinking,

Women would like to try it before they buy it.

After all, no woman would buy a wedding gown without trying it on first.