These four additional findings flesh out that overall conclusion and point to some sex differences as well:1.Couples tend to move quickly into sexual relationships.
This percentage was slightly higher than that observed in previous studies.
However, they do seem to attach different meanings to sex as an indicator of commitment.
Without moralizing on whether premarital sex is bad or good for a relationship, the authors point out that practically speaking, premarital sex actually is bad for a relationship.
It’s that process of assessing whether they’ll make it for the long haul that ultimately will impact their relationship quality, especially for the women.
Since women are generally the ones to initiate divorce proceedings, it means that their satisfaction in the relationship is especially crucial to its long-term viability.
If you’re in a long-term relationship now, you may wonder whether these findings are coming too late to help you. If your relationship got off to a quick start, this doesn’t mean that you’re fated to be unhappy later down the road though you might be at higher risk than you might otherwise be.