Engaged after 6 months of dating
While Betchen suggests at least a year, he also explains that self knowledge and learning from past dating mistakes can speed up the dating process.
"Because people have very little insight about themselves, they keep choosing the same person time and again, with the same results.
Of those who were quicker to marry, the study found that the marriages survived to the seven-year mark, but many divorced after that.
Another more recent study published by researchers from Emory University following three thousand couples found that those who dated three or more years were 39 percent less likely to get divorced than those who dated less than a year.
The study also looked at couples who were quicker to get married.
These couples dated an average of eighteen months and were engaged for half that time.
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But a lot of my friends have been getting married with fewer than this magical two years under their belts, and it's making me second-guess my rule. Does it really matter at all how long you date before you get married?
The purpose of dating is to get to know someone as fully as possible before tying the knot—ultimately with the goal of having a successful marriage that lasts.
But what exactly is transpiring in this time that either confirms or disproves compatibility? Especially as our notions of dating practices change (thanks, Tinder), and we consistently hear about the supposed 50 percent divorce rate, I think we all wonder if there's some definitive rule book we be following.
I did some digging and reached out to relationship therapists and psychologists to get their thoughts.
"I recommend a minimum of one year provided each partner has a good, clear understanding of what they are looking for in a mate," says Stephen J.