More than ever before, the recipe for a modern-day commitment involves equal parts right person and right time, and millennials have a more expansive concept of "right time" than seemingly any generation before them.
According to Art Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, millennials are "willing to play the field" in many aspects of their lives.
, also an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
And this, too, can factor into the break-up-and-make-up pattern; compared to earlier generations, millennials aren't ready to settle down until they're fully confident of their choice and believe the timing is right.
He felt the distance and stress of his work would be more than their relationship could bear, so he decided to cut ties with his college sweetheart.