Research has shown that people who live together before marriage will have a poorer marriage quality. When a relationship is based on immediate sexual gratification then the ability to assess the quality of the relationship is hindered. The American Psychological Association’s Journal of Family Psychology states that couples who wait to have sex until marriage have higher rates of relationship satisfaction, better communication patterns, less consideration of divorce, and better sexual quality. Bottom line, if the commitment isn’t there before sex, what is the likelihood it will develop after sex?
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