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Why Virginity Pays Off for Single Women Who Want Marriage

06-08-2016

Only 3 percent of Americans wait to have sex until they are married, which translates into one in thirty that wait until marriage. 

Women in particular, that don't have sex until they are married, are less likely to end a marriage after five years in divorce, according to a christianpost.com article

However, the percentage of women who keep this promise until they are married is small. According to the Christian Post, since the year 2000, women who had just two sexual partners prior to marriage are as likely to end their marriage at the same rate as women who have been with ten partners. 

Forty percent of men in comparison to the 60 percent of women wait to have sex before marriage, according to waitingtilmarriage.org. 

American values appear to align with the trend of not waiting to have sex before marriage. According to recent studies, Americans do not see anything wrong with premarital sex. 

Nicholas H. Wolfinger, University of Utah professor of family and consumer studies shared his recent findings on premarital sex saying, "As premarital sex became moWomen who wait to have sex until they are married reap the benefits of having a more successful marriage. re acceptable, it's reasonable to anticipate that its negative effects on marital stability waned. In general, Americans became more accepting of nonmarital sex. Certainly fewer men entered marriage with the expectation of a virgin bride. All of the fanfare associated with hooking up is evidence that some young people have become comfortable with the idea of sex outside of serious relationships." 

Wolfinger also added that women who save their virginity until marriage, can usually be attributed to religious reasons. Data shows that the women who wait, are also more likely to attend church on a weekly basis. 

"It won't be surprising to most readers that people with more premarital sex partners have higher divorce rates, broadly speaking. That said, this research brief paints a fairly complicated picture of the association between sex and marital stability that ultimately raises more questions than it answers," said Wolfinger.
 

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