I never really thought about it this way because I don't think there's a set time? I mean I think its a personal choice between the couple. But I often hear things (being said to couples not to me) like, "Wow and you're not engaged yet?" when they have been together for maybe 5-7 years.
I personally feel if you're going to be together hypothetically your whole life what's the rush?
So my questions are...
1) In your opinion how many years would YOU consider to be a long time to be together and not be engaged?
2) Is there some expectation in general that couples should be engaged within the first couple of years of the relationship?
3) Why are people in such a hurry?!
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1. Depends on the circumstances. Generally a few years, but my brother waited seven with his soon to be wife because they started dating when he was going into college and she was a junior in high school. He waited to propose until she was about to graduate college.
2. There does seem to be a cultural expectation in America for couples who are together for awhile to tie the knot/make it official.
3. We aren't getting any younger, and marriage is still widely considered to be the foundation of a family.1