It's Official: Men Mature Slower Than Women in Relationships

 "Younger men see marriage or a committed relationship as a burden."

Men mature slower than women, especially in the commitment department. Tell us something we don’t know.

One relationship expert explains it a little more in depth.

“Typically, once men are out of their 20s and into a more stable stage of life, they're more ready and amenable to having that serious connection with a partner,” says Dr. Jane Greer. “Any younger and they may be more apt to change their minds regarding things like being in a committed relationship, marriage, etc.”

Dr. Greer says younger men see marriage or a committed relationship as a “burden,” and might be frightened at the responsibility of getting married.

“They may view it as the beginning of the end of their freedom,” she says. “They'll need to be accountable for their time, where they're going, what they're doing. It's more about the right timing — it can take men a long time to establish their professional career and feel a sense of financial stability, which helps them feel more secure in life. As a result, sometimes you see a guy who's been in several relationships but then, in his early 30s, suddenly he meets a woman and is ready to marry her. They need the maturity that comes with accomplishment, experience, and success.”

On the other hand, women are often ready for these steps sooner because their priorities are different, Dr. Greer explains.

“They don't have to think in terms of supporting a partner and a family. They can focus on a career, but they may also be focused on starting a family. It can be a double track. However, sometimes a woman will also put aside a serious relationship if they're going to school or something like that.”

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