Young couples 'embracing stayover relationships'

It may be wise for young men and women in a relationship to make sure they have a good supply of condoms at both their place and their partner's, judging by new findings.

Research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships has shown people in their 20s are embracing 'stayover' relationships, rather than choosing to live together.

The study revealed it is common for partners to spend a few nights at their lover's home each week, but also choose to head back to their own abode occasionally.

Tyler Jamison, a researcher in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri - which was founded in 1839 and also goes by the name Mizzou - said youngsters are redefining dating through the approach.

"Instead of following a clear path from courtship to marriage, individuals are choosing to engage in romantic ties on their own terms – without the guidance of social norms," the expert noted.