Not only does the media continually portray this path as the norm, but the people we surround ourselves with also provide a benchmark for when we think we should be getting engaged. Some publications have determined that the average couple dates for a mere 25 months just over 2 years before the question is popped, while others find that couples date for just under 3 years before getting engaged. We surveyed a random sample of 2, females in the United States aged 18 to 45 over a course of three weeks to see how long they dated their partners before they got engaged. Survey Questions, Goals and Parameters We asked three simple questions: What city and state do you live in? How long were you and your partner dating before you got engaged?
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Duration[ edit ] The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world. Furthermore, there is vast individual variation between couples. Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding. In the United Kingdom , a poll of 3,  engaged or married couples resulted in an average duration between first meeting and accepted proposal of marriage of 2 years and 11 months,   with the women feeling ready to accept at an average of 2 years and 7 months. The date is fairly casual in most European-influenced cultures, but in some traditional societies, courtship is a highly structured activity, with very specific formal rules. In some societies, the parents or community propose potential partners and then allow limited dating to determine whether the parties are suited. Courtship in the Philippines is one known complex form of courtship.
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About the Author Rob Eagar is a gifted writer and speaker who has helped thousands of singles, young adults, and students build passionate relationships. Rob resides with his wife, Ashley, in Atlanta, Georgia. The barrage of questions surprised me because I had no reservations about giving her my heart.