Religion, age, and location all have a part to play, but the research confirms an essential fact: those who marry their high school sweethearts will often tend to have happy, less conflict-laden marriages. Even if they eventually end up divorced for some reason.
Marrying young is a proven relationship stressor. High school sweethearts that get married while still teenagers have only about a 54% chance of enjoying a marriage lasting a decade.
High school sweethearts that wait until at least the age of 25 to get married have a much greater success rate at the 10-year mark of 78%. This statistic follows the natural law that by the mid-twenties the brain is fully myelinated into a recognizably adult brain.
Early Marriage impacts class position: Only 19% of people who marry their high school sweethearts attend college.
It’s the last fact right there that is most sobering. Only 1 out of 5 people who marry their high school sweethearts ever even get to college, no matter what their age happens to be when they decided to get married.
An even more fascinating and amazing statistic is this: less than 2% of people who marry their high school sweethearts ever earn a college degree.
Much has changed in 40 years in how the institution of marriage is perceived. When to marry, or when not to marry, has always been a moving cultural norm.
People who marry their high school sweetheart might be happier, but they may also tend to accumulate less wealth, and are sometimes less competitive in the job market.
This data is that although it is very suggestive of the idea that couples that met in High School are less likely to divorce. However, they may also be subject to particular economic and developmental challenges emerging from the crucial life-choice they made to form a household in young adulthood.
Daniel is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He is the Blog Editor. He currently works online seeing couples from Massachusetts at Couples Therapy Inc. He uses EFT, Gottman Method, Solution-focused and the Developmental Model in his approaches.