What We Have Here


…is failure to communicate.

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research found that most people believe that their marriage has a better chance of success if they live together first. The reasoning is that everyone has a divorce horror story and over half the study participants came from broken homes so it’s a simple conclusion to reach. No marriage, no divorce, and if you do get married, it’s better to have had some practice first, right?


More studies have shown that people who live together before marriage actually have a greater chance of getting a divorce. And researchers have no explanation for it.

There’s a disconnect between what people believe is happening and what’s actually happening. The problem arises when people do what feels good, but is actually harmful.

Is it a simple ignorance issue?
Are people misunderstanding the consequences of their actions?
Are they gritting their teeth and plowing ahead anyway?

Or is there something else going on here?

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