No matter where in the US you live, women, on average, get engaged about 2 years earlier than men.

So..have a pet together, and you're wondering if that makes you any more ready to take the next step. 50% of people who got engaged had pets, and 50% didn't. Even more interesting are the statistics that break down by region. And because of this, you may have multiple groups of friends on completely different timelines.

Our statistics reveal that if you do, things are on your side.

Therefore, by allowing time for the brain to adjust to the new situation and feelings you're experiencing, you can recognize whether who you're dating is actually right for you. this slow love process of getting to know somebody very carefully over a long period of time is going to help the brain readjust some of these brain regions for decision making," Fisher said.

"You're going to get to know how this person handles your parents at Christmas ...

”If your intention is to get engaged asap, we hope you live in the midwest and have dated 3.4 years.

Despite all the wedding travel expenses you're likely occurring, don't let this fact get you down. These are all just averages, and what's right for someone else, may not always be what makes sense for you.This is primarily driven by New York and Pennsylvania, where our average respondent’s engagement age hovered around 28 years old.As we saw above, the average age for a woman to start rocking a ring is around 27.why have they not yet married and 67% were terrified of divorce," Fisher said on Big Think."Terrified of not only the legal and the financial and the economic but the personal and social fall out of divorce." Interestingly, this fear of divorce is actually giving way to healthier marriages, overall, because people are taking more time getting to know each other before tying the knot, Fisher said.For some, holding hands even comes *after *a couple's first time in bed—34 percent said they'd wait one or two weeks to engage in that kind of PDA.