Let’s suppose you have a young friend or relation who is clearly becoming more and more involved in a relationship which may well lead to marriage. Suppose you advise your friend that, if your instructions are followed, he or she will on average
Improve the stability of the marriage by 22%
Increase satisfaction in the marriage by 20%
Increase the sexual quality of the marriage by 15%
Improve communication in the marriage by 12%
and that there is good scientific evidence to support the value of your advice. Do you think he or she would take it?
But the advice is quite simple: delay sex until you are married.
Given that cohabitation is on the up, given that we are told that living together for a period allows one to test compatibility, it may seem hard to believe.
So you will find this study extremely interesting.