The way people do relationships is changing. People are waiting longer to get married and I mean that they both 1) Get married older and 2) Allow relationships to go on for much longer before tying the knot. Here’s a picture you see all of the time today that you would have rarely seen 50 years ago: two people in their thirties who have been together for five to eight years, are living together and are not married. They may even have a dog and a family phone plan together, but no marriage certificate. There’s nothing wrong with not getting married. But marriage does one interesting thing that you may not think about until you put it off for half a decade with your partner; it introduces a little excitement, a milestone and something to break up the monotony during what could otherwise be an uneventful phase of a relationship. If you’re with someone for a long time and don’t get married, you may experience the five-year itch. But is it the five-year itch, or is your relationship just flat lining?
You love being home alone
If your partner calls to tell you a meeting is running exceptionally late and he won’t be home until after you’ve gone to sleep, you don’t really feel disappointed. You certainly don’t feel the way you used to—when you were devastated any time a minute was stolen that you could have spent with your significant other. Actually, you get excited to watch the movie you want to watch and eat the takeout you like.