A recent poll done by Yougov asked how long you should date someone before you get engaged. The answers may surprise you.

After all, if you are madly in love with someone and you think this is “the one”, how long should you really wait? And how long is too long. The poll quizzed over 7,500 people and this is what they said:

  1. Less than 6 months of dating – only 2% said is okay. 98% said that is too early.
  2. 6 to 12 months – 18% said that is the right amount of time.
  3. 12 to 18 months – 20% said its a good amount of time, making this the number one answer.
  4. 18 to 24 months – 15%
  5. 2 to 3 years – 15%
  6. 3 to 4 years – only 14%
  7. 4 to 5 years – just 2%
  8. More than 5 years – also only 2%

And 22% of people said they weren’t sure what the right amount of time is.

And the real surprising stat – women are a little more gun-shy about getting engaged than men. 23% of men said you should propose within the first year of dating, while only 18% of women thought it was a good idea to get engaged that quickly.

Well.. I guess, “times they are a changin”!


Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .