Average dating length
On the other hand, brides who were engaged at the age of 35 or older dated an average of 40 months, or 3.33 years.For those who got engaged at age 20 or younger, the majority across all regions dated between one and three years.
The women who got married before age 20 reported an average annual income of a little over $30,000, while those who married at 30 or later earned around $50,000. Helen Fisher, an evolutionary biologist and leading expert on human attraction who leads an ongoing study with called "Singles in America", said in a recent interview that the delay of marriage serves as a way of protecting ourselves from a lot of hardship.
In previous generations marriage came right at the beginning of relationships, which didn't always have the best results.
“People don't feel comfortable committing to someone during hardships.” With student debt rates higher than ever—Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt—paying those off or at least making a dent in them is something many people would like to accomplish before saying “I do.” And with more women working than ever before and making more money than previous generations, it makes sense that they would also wait to walk down the aisle.
A 2013 study found that women who put off marriage longer, until around the age of 30, often had higher salaries than their college-educated counterparts who married at younger ages.
The average of over three and a half years of dating before the proposal is a significant amount more than other publications have determined.