The s changed premarital sex. Prior to the sexual revolution, unmarried heterosexual sex partners tended to marry each other sometimes motivated by a shotgun pregnancy ; in more recent decades, first sex usually does not lead to marriage. Figure 1 shows how the odds of having only one lifetime sex partner have declined over the twentieth century for married Americans. The biggest declines occurred for people born between the s and the s, the latter of whom came of age during the sexual revolution of the s. How have our marriages been affected? Survey respondents who tied the knot as virgins had the lowest divorce rates, but beyond that, the relationship between sexual biography and marital stability was less clear.
Does Sexual History Affect Marital Happiness? | Institute for Family Studies
Nearly every Friday evening my wife, June, and I get together with two other couples for dinner and cocktails. Georgia and Greg, and Betty and Bob had been our good friends and neighbors for many years. We were in our middle years. Our children were in college or off living on their own. We often played cards and socialized in many ways on Friday evening after returning to one of our homes.