Younger couples marrying: survey

RIVERSIDE'S Erica Towns has a big week ahead as she prepares to marry her sweetheart.

Partner Jono O'Neill proposed to Miss Towns last year, when the pair were aged 22 and 20 respectively.

Mr O'Neill's show of commitment is a growing trend among young adults, an eHarmony survey has revealed.

The survey, released in news outlets last week, found the average man was ready for a committed relationship at 22 _ two years younger than a decade ago.

It also found the average woman would suffer heartbreak twice, have two long-term relationships and kiss 15 ``frogs''.

And before finding the one, men and women will each go on four disastrous dates.

Miss Towns said it had been an easy journey in finding her soulmate.

The pair met in high school and attended youth group together, eventually dating for about five years.

``When you know, you know,'' Miss Towns said.

``Obviously it's a huge commitment, but our families know us well and are supportive of it.''

Miss Towns and Mr O'Neill will be married at the Tailrace Centre on Saturday.

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