ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"Young People, Shacking - Up Is Not An Option For You"

Updated on May 4, 2010

"Young People, Shackin - Up Is Not An Option For You"

 Some young people think  that shacking - up is  a better option for them, that's looking for a live in roommate to help with the responsibilities, but they don't realize they're headed for trouble. when young couples opt for living together instead of getting married, they don't realize they're still living in the marriage mode. if it's your girlfriend or boyfriend you're living in the marriage mode, and soon will be doing everything  just like an old married couple would be doing.  I don't think the young people realize they have committed themselves, to a person ,just like the married couples does. Once they committed to this union, everything else is off limits and they have to lives their as husbands and wives because of the living together arrangements. The young couples doesn't realize they 're living their lives without the sanctity and protection of  marriage. I think they should weigh their options and check out the pros and cons of living together with a mate, before they commit and get themselves into a situation that they aren't really prepared for in the first place.  Also, living together and buying things together is not an option, in case you have to split - up, when you live together with someone every day things becomes so much more complicated between the two people. This type of set up will soon or later cause heartache and pain to both parties, especially if the relationships ends.  How can you split of things that you have paid for together, it's almost impossible to do with bad feelings.

Life for the young couple changes drastically for the young couple when they move in together, thinking this was a great set - up, when in actuality it's a hindrance to them both.  The odds of this relationship surviving and flourishing is almost impossible, because they have so many things stacked against them from the start.  The young couple think that they have solved their problems, but will soon realize that many unforeseen obstacles that will emerge as they continue to play adult housekeeping.  The young couple should really weigh the pros and cons before moving in  with a boyfriend or girlfriend, because their options as a single person changes from single to married status, which means you can't talk to others single men or women, because it might look like you're trying to cheat on this person you're now living with. When you commit to someone , people become very jealous and controlling; even if you aren't doing anything. The financial status change, you can't spend your money like you use to before you got yourself a mate, you have to count pennies and be-careful how you spend your money.

They also have to consider, that if one person fall ill and can't pay their portion of the bills, that they will have to pick up that person responsibility to keep things on the right track, there's a lot of headaches involved with living with a mate, just like being married to someone.  I'm sure that when young couples decide to move in together they think they love each other enough to make it work and everything is going to be a bed of roses, but they soon forget that the thorns that comes with the roses of life. Young people you shouldn't never forget the consequences of making a wrong decision can cause irreparable damage to your relationships.  The best thing for a young couple thinking of moving in together to do is,to ask themselves are we ready for marriage, and if the answer is no, then you're not ready to move in together either. You might not know it, but once you live with a mate for six months or less, you're considered  a married old married couple and might need to get a paper of divorcement in some states from the person you're living with, before you can marry someone else.  Then all the properties will have to be split between the two parties concerned.  Please remember that when you shack up with someone you're living together without the benefits of a marriage.

Benny Faye Douglass


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you loveofnight, I appreciate you and your comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Audrey, I thank you and your husband are one of the best one that made it through, I'm not saying that all couples divorce, I'm saying that if we maybe slow down weigh our option, we could come up with something more to God's liking, if you know what I mean. I'm not trying to put anyone down, I'm trying to look out for our young people that's not being rational in their options. Thank you for you comment and feedback. I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you so much Cari Jean, for gracing my hubs with your presence. it's indeed a pleasure. Thank you also for your precious feedback and comment. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you dear Ron, I think if our young people slow down just a tad, weigh the pros against the cons, they will find out,that they will do much better trying another avenue. Thank you so much for your support,comment and feedback. Godspeed. God keep you well. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Hello, the points I was making was backed by Gods word, even some people think shacking is okay. Thank you desar heart for your comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Revlady, for your words of wisdom and your comment and feedback, I truly aqppreciate you. creativeone59

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you menomaina, for your godly aspect of shacking -up, I appreciate your input, comment and feedback. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • loveofnight profile image


      8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      no truer words spoken....." living in the marriage mode "

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I know it works both ways - but it worked for Bob and I - some 35+ years ago....I was too worried about getting married with my background unless I DID see if it would work out - thankfully it did. I've seen it go the other way too though - so depends probably on the couple.

    • Cari Jean profile image

      Cari Jean 

      8 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      Great hub and I totally agree! I have a friend who decided it would be best for her and her boyfriend to live together and that is exactly what is happening - they are acting like an old married couple. By the time they get around to getting married they'll be bored to death of one another! Also, people who cohabitate have a greater chance of divorce after they're married.

    • rprcarz50 profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi creative, Thank you for writing this Hub . You have made some very imprortant points for the next generations . To shack up is a much bigger decision than first meets the eye . And usually those that do have not had much life experience .

      Anywayz, Great Hub . Thank Again!


      As always also a2z50

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting read and you have got some good points there. Thank you.

    • RevLady profile image


      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      As menomania presented, statistics seem to suggest cohabitation is not the answer for most whether Christian or not. Certainly for Christians, premarital shacking is forbidden and in our best interest.

      Great hub Creativeone, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Forever His,

    • menomania profile image


      8 years ago from Elmira, New York

      It's a sad world when most people don't give a second thought to shacking-up. (Which in my opinion is a good word for it). Outside of the many biblical passages that could be quoted. According to Ray Fowler Statistics (and other's as well) 8 out of 10 marriages that began with living together will end in divorce and only 12% of them will last at least 10 years. There is a reason God put his laws in place, and that is because He knows what's best for His children.

      Thanks for a great hub.

    • creativeone59 profile imageAUTHOR

      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Cagsil, of course you have you opiinion and assumptions , just like I do. I will not argue with you, but marriage use to be a sacred thing , and because of society, instead of God, it has become nothing more than a passing thought. I am talking in terms of the religious aspect, marriage is look upon highly by God, and that is exactly ,how I see it. Living together has cause many problems for our young people and It's their choice, I think just a sad choice to make. Thank you again for your comment and feedback. God bless. creativeone59

    • Cagsil profile image


      8 years ago from USA or America

      I found your hub to be a little off the beaten path, but then again in my perspective, religious connotations such as marriage, have more than one meaning to those who view it. The relationship of a boyfriend/girlfriend is not the same as marriage, because the break up is much simpler and less stressful.

      As for shacking up, as you put it, is an ideology which is a substitute for marriage. The myth people have about marriage is that it is strictly a religion doctrine and that is exactly what it is, a myth.

      In today's society, marriage is not the concept of religion, but of individual perspective and belief. If people choose to live together, and not have a marriage certificate, that is their choice. There is no need for a piece of paper to determine the relationship. Marriage on a non-religious perspective is solely based on government benefits or privileges available. Otherwise, there really is not a need to be married.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)