Stayovers are the unique answer to what emerging adults are doing in their relationships." Jamison found that "stayover relationships" are a growing trend among college-aged couples who are committed, but not interested in cohabiting.
However, little is known about the effects of stayovers on future commitment decisions or marriage.
In the Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey, that number was down 5% from what it was in 2009, which may or may not be related to economic hard times.
The report also includes data on public attitudes about marriage.
This decline is especially notable for young adults: 20% of 18- to 29-year-olds were married in 2010, compared with 59% in 1960.
Associated with this trend is that the age at which men and women marry for the first time continues to rise to record levels.
"A key motivation is to enjoy the comforts of an intimate relationship while maintaining a high degree of personal control over one's involvement and commitment," said Larry Ganong, professor in HDFS.