There is a new relationship model sweeping the nation. "According to the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, an increasing number of coupled twenty-somethings have struck the perfect balance between casual dating and cohabitation. The 'stayover trend' involves spending three to seven nights per week together while maintaining separate homes. This relationship model is popular among college students and seems to satisfy the potentially conflicting desires to remain romantically attached while pursuing academic and career interests. The schema also appreciates the difficulty associated with splitting up once a couple shares a home."
This seems to be an acknowledgement that living together hasn't delivered the results that the media, intellectual and cultural elites once promised. Research has shown that the incidence of break-ups increases among those who live together before marrying. It is no wonder. In this era of Mirage Man Syndrome, the male partner is often pretending to be emotionally compatible and share many interests with his intended female partner to achieve immediate sexual results. By living together 24-7, the female partner often sees the real man behind the mask, realizes she has been deceived and becomes jaded. Thus many cohabitations that limp into marriage are already weakened before the wedding ceremony.