After all, without adopting certain religious principles that place a man at the head of the household, it's probably easier to feel secure being the showrunner of your own life.
Despite millennials' general aversion to marriage, monogamy is still idealized in many circles — and it's not something to be taken lightly.
While our generation is open to open relationships, sexual fluidity and having multiple partners over a lifetime, we still want those connections to count.
"I think I will be totally happy and fulfilled as a nonmarried person, with or without a partner, and I want the freedom to create and live my own life how I want to," Rebecca, 24, told .
There's also a higher proportion of young women pursuing advanced degrees than young men, according to a Status of Women in the States report.
These women might be more likely to prioritize grad school over having a partner (specifically if that partner is a guy who just doesn't measure up in terms of educational achievement)."I went to grad school and am still kind of getting my footing career-wise, so I think I've also avoided looking for a relationship because I want to be more settled in my career first," Jaime, 30, told .
Seeking other sources of happiness at work, on the road or with friends plays a huge part in many young women's pursuit of singledom.
A 2014 Pew Research Center report found that a mere 26% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 32 were married in 2013, compared to 48% of baby boomers and 36% of Generation X-ers who tied the knot at the same age.
Recently, the class of 2015 officially became the college graduates with the most student loan debt in history.
When figuring out whether to get serious with a partner, the cost of companionship matters.
And boy, do we have some serious money problems plaguing our generation.
In addition to coming of age during an economic recession, all that higher education we've been paying for will cost us dearly over the years.