Youth changing the face of relationships

According to the US Census, young people have changed the way in which they carry out their relationships.

Alongside cohabiting more often than previous generations, the youth of today are also opting to marry far later than previous generations.

A researcher from the University of Missouri has revealed that twenty-somethings are often to be found taking part in 'stay over relationships,' which means they spend three or more nights each week staying over at the home of the person they are dating whilst still keeping the option of heading to their own home for some time alone.

Researcher in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS),Tyler Jamison, told Health Canal, “Instead of following a clear path from courtship to marriage, individuals are choosing to engage in romances on their own terms – without the guidance of social norm."

“There is a gap between the teen years and adulthood during which we don’t know much about the dating behaviour of young adults. Stayovers are the unique answer to what emerging adults are doing in their relationships,” added Jamison.

Jamison's colleague, Larry Ganong, a professor at HDFS, attributed the motivation behind the stayover relationship to allowing people to enjoy the 'comforts of an intimate relationship while maintaining a high degree of personal control over one’s involvement and commitment.'

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