Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Prudent Shacker-Upper

Broadsheet's Tracy Clark-Flory cites a study:
most cohabitating couples aren't living together as a way to "test the relationship before marriage." Nearly half of the 1, 294 respondents ages 18 to 34 said they were living together because they wanted to spend more time together, two-thirds said "it just sort of happened" and most see cohabitation as another phase of dating.
I can't find the actual text of the study itself, but none of the news reports involve questions about how people might be living together to save money by having one place instead of two. I can't claim firsthand experience with this sort of thing, because I haven't actually done it before, but I imagine that a thrifty person like me who doesn't need a lot of personal space would be aware of the economic advantages of such an arrangement. This would be especially true in economic times like the present ones, and in large cities where housing is expensive.
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