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10 reasons a traditional marriage is better than a two-year beta marriage

Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:20 p.m. MDT

In a beta marriage, you may dislike your spouse’s friends and avoid them for the next two years. Millennials are making more friends at work anyway, a LinkedIn study found, so you may already have a group to chill with for the next two years.

In a traditional marriage, you may begin to think long-term earlier, since arguing with friends and family can lead you to the grave a lot earlier, according to a study by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Are they people you’re going to be comfortable around for life? How can you find the common ground?

Spending money

In a beta marriage, you’ve got two years to really figure things out. You may spend a little extra or go a little crazy at the department store sale. You may also be asking your parents for help, too, Fobes reported.

In a traditional marriage, your bank account is shared. You may be more likely to make tough financial decisions together and save a little bit of money, the Labor department found.

Living arrangement

In a beta marriage, you may be more likely to rent. After all, millennials are more likely to rent nowadays anyway, USA Today reported. Why own a home together if it’s just a two-year plan?

In a traditional marriage, you may be more likely to own a home — and use a cool New York Times article as a reference, too.


In a beta marriage, your union would end without paperwork or legal documents. So, you may avoid the hassle before the beta period and live together anyway, which may actually not lead to divorce down the road, according to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In a traditional marriage, you have to fill out all that legal paperwork and be one of the many United States couples filing for divorce every year, according to the CDC. So you may think more deeply about dissolving the relationship.

Finding love

In a beta marriage, you may not be entirely sure that you're with the right person. It's totally possible that things may not work out. Those who get married before 18 usually split before the second year is through, one expert found.

In a traditional marriage, you’ve made a full commitment to be with someone forever. While it's also possible the relationship may not work out, you're banking on the fact that it does.

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