Research shows many young women are putting their careers first and putting their love lives on the back burner.
"At the age of 22, I'm not looking for a relationship," said Alisha Deary, a High Point University graduate.
Some women today are not looking for Mr. Right. Instead, they are focusing on their right now.
"By putting my career first and focusing on opportunities, careers ahead of me, I'll be more successful when I do want to settle down and have a family," said Deary.
Fellow HPU graduate Ashley Prindle heads to law school in the fall and agrees that may be the better path to happiness.
"I want to fulfill my passions, my dreams first and make sure that I'm getting on that track and that I'm happy and satisfied," said Prindle. "And then hopefully I can pass that on and share it with someone else."
Dr. Sadie Leder Elder, assistant professor of psychology at High Point University, says many young women are making that choice.
"Statistics show that in 1980, women were about 22 years old on average when they got married," said Elder. "As recently as 2011, the statistic has gone up to about 26 years old."
Prindle says she is prioritizing personal success over building a romantic relationship.
"Women try to make relationships work that they lose focus of 'maybe this isn't the right relationship for me,''' said Prindle. "And they give up their career and other things just to get this relationship."
Elder says the other choice can pay.
"For almost every year that they are in the workforce and wait to begin their family, there's about a nine percent increase in wages or salary earnings, so there is an economic benefit to delaying motherhood," said Elder.
It is a trade-off but many women do not feel like they are missing out on an important part of life by focusing on their careers.
"I've never thought of it as something that's holding me back in any way or something that I need to complete who I am as an individual," said Prindle.
"There's so many other things that are fulfilling in our world like traveling or furthering your education and those things require a lot of focus," said Deary.
This story has been shared from sister station in North Carolina.