Whether for married couples or people merely cohabiting, one of the activities that seem central to both is s*x. However, they would be doing it for different reasons. While it is more of an obligation in marriage, it seems more of pleasure for cohabiting couples.
It is equally worthy of note that in the past, cohabitation, which is an arrangement where two people who are not married live together, used to be uncommon.
But in recent times, in spite of the fact that it is frowned upon by different religions, findings have shown that in several instances, people who are ripe for marriage now spend some time cohabiting before eventually getting married. This was also the position of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in the United States.
While some keep it at that level for as long as they want, some end up in marriage.

On a cursory look, why do people opt for cohabitation? According to a clinical psychologist, Dr. Helen Nightingale, women tend to consent to living together because they hope it will lead to marriage, while they still want a man to propose and put a ring on their finger.
On the other hand, she pointed out that men tend to consider cohabitation as a way to put off commitment perhaps because they are not yet certain they want that commitment or they already derive the benefits they should get in marriage from the union, thinking there is not more to hope for.

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