Background: In this reflection I discuss my conceptual ideas and the latest empirical findings regarding the connections between leaving the parental home, marriage, parenthood, and separation on the one hand, and housing on the other.I also discuss the limitations of the research and directions for future research.Unfortunately, some recent attempts to interpret these shifts contribute more confusion than clarity.First, some facts: • The divorce rate continues to hover at around 50%, regardless of increased sensitivity to the potential emotional and financial impact of divorce upon couples and their children.And many more people have cohabited than are currently doing so; recent figures show that almost two-thirds of young adult men and women chose to cohabit first rather than marry directly.Most cohabitations are quite short-lived; they typically last for about a year or a little more and then are transformed into marriages or dissolve.It explores the mid-twentieth century origins of computer dating and matchmaking in order to argue for the importance of using sexuality as a lens of analysis in the history of computing.
There is a strong tendency for married couples and prospective families to move into home ownership and higher quality homes.
• Cohabitation has risen dramatically during the same period In 1960, 430,000 unmarried couples were living together.
By 2000, that number had soared 12-fold to 5 million. Cohabitation may be headed towards being the dominant form of male-female unions.
More men and women are moving in together, sharing an apartment and a bed, without getting married first.
The latest Census Bureau figures show four million couples living together outside of marriage (not counting gay couples), eight times as many as in 1970.