It's a myth that men don't want to commit to marriage. Although they are often portrayed in media as gun-shy when it comes to commitment, in reality, the majority of never-married men between the ages of 18 to 34 want to get married, according to a 2013 Gallup poll. Some of reasons why men want to get married, however, are quite different than the reasons why women want to get married.
It's the Right Time
Most women tend to want to marry when they meet Mr. Right, whereas many men don't think about marriage until they are financially secure, or at the very least, are established in their careers, according to a Forbes article titled, "Why Men And Women Get Married." Men are more likely to commit to marriage if they feel like they know who they are and are secure in their place in the world.
She's the Right Girl
Many men have a "lightbulb moment" where they realize that this girl is the one they can't live without, according to a CNN article titled, "Do Men Really Want to Get Married?" In a series of interviews with men, author Alex Wellen discovered that when the men realized they had no interest in anyone else, it made them want to get married to secure the deal -- in a manner of speaking.
It's the Right Move
Pressure from family and friends often has a lot to do with why men decide to get married. Although men tend to hear the clock ticking a little later than women do, they still can feel a bit left out when their friends start walking down the aisle. The saying "always a bridesmaid but never a bride" applies equally to groomsmen, and the more weddings a man attends, the more he might start thinking of marriage.
It's the Right Thing to Do
At some point in a long-term relationship, most men realize that they need to stop stringing their girlfriend along and start thinking about committing to a future together. Other men may feel ready to commit to marriage because their girlfriend is pregnant and they think that getting married is the right thing to do as parents. Still others might commit to marriage as a way to take care of a women. Right or wrong, whatever the reason, if a man feels like marriage is the right thing to do, he will likely propose.