Behavior: Sinfully Together

It used to be called "living in sin." Now it is simply "living together," and the practice is so common that even the Census Bureau has spotted the change. In a report released last week, the bureau disclosed that the number of couples living together has more than doubled since 1970.

The 1970 census showed 530,000 unmarried male-female couples living together. Even then, the figure seemed unrealistically low, since many couples may have been too embarrassed to report such arrangements. Now the bureau lists 1.1 million "illicit" couples, with the sharpest rise occurring...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!