Americans are dating at later ages and getting married less frequently in today’s society.
Brad Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project and professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, says he believes there are a few contributing factors to this trend.

“We have a, sort of, idea out there today that marriage is about, basically, a capstone, and you’ve got to get all your ducks in a row in terms of your career, your relationship, and everything else,” Wilcox says. “So folks are kind of postponing marriage, in many cases, postponing kind of the pursuit of marriage, in many cases. I think, also, it’s the case, too, that a lot of folks have very high expectations for a spouse, and so it makes it harder to find someone who would, kind of, meet the bar for them.”
Wilcox shares another reason in the video above. Plus, hear the statistics about marriage in America and what the statistics say about the emotional, social, and financial well-being of married vs. single Americans today.
On Tuesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, "'Forget You, I’m Marrying Myself'," Dr. Phil and his guests discuss “self-marriage,” or sologamy. Meet two women who spent thousands to marry themselves and find out what the reaction has been from their family members. Plus, a critic of sologamy – and a surprise self-wedding. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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