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These days, more guys are taking their time to get hitched. Is yours one of them?

He’s crazy about you, sure, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to put a ring on it-at least, not so fast. New research reveals that men are waiting longer to get hitched than they used to: According to the most recent stats from the U.S. Census Bureau, 64 percent of men aged 25-29 had never been married, as opposed to just 19 percent in 1970.

While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the Great Marriage Crash of twenty-something millennials, experts say a few factors may be contributing to the trend. “These days, people are taking longer to finish school and launch their careers,” says Brad Wilcox, Ph.D., a sociologist and director of the National Marriage Project. “Men have that natural provider instinct, so they want to feel financially secure before making that kind of long-term commitment.” And when it takes longer for him to get to a comfortable place in his career (thank you, crappy economy), it also takes longer for him to start thinking about marriage.

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