Much has changed in the last thirty years, and those in my study are still reporting general satisfaction in their marriages.There is actually a lower divorce rate now than in the 80s, and what marriage means on a societal level is also changing.
These aren’t women who have been dating for two months, but rather women who are in long-term relationships.
On average, the couples in my study decided to marry 2.8 years after they first showed romantic interest (many couples knew each other before they dated, but that isn’t counted).
This may reflect growing trends in the delay of marriage.
I’m a believer that couples can have independent timetables from those stated above depending on their circumstances, but partners need to have a mutual agreement and understanding about the future timeline of the relationship in order to survive- and that agreement needs to be upheld.
However, if you are asking yourself “when is he going to propose already?! You’ve probably picked up on an inequity in he relationship, and one (or more) of your needs is not being met.
date "romantic liaison," 1885, gradually evolving from date (1) in its general sense of "appointment;" the verb in this sense is first recorded 1902. Yet there were some things she could remember on the other side, dating also from Corry's Cambridge years.