The average age at which a woman marries for the first time and gets a ring on her finger is steadily increasing.

According to a recent survey by the Office for National Statistics, the number of women getting hitched for the first time in their late 30s and early 40s has doubled over the last ten years.

Psychologist Mairead Molloy, who specialises in relationship issues, told the Daily Mail why women are waiting longer to put an engagement or wedding ring on their finger.

She explained that women are staying single for longer as they have unrealistic expectations about relationships and marriage.

Ms Molloy told the news provider: “These days, women will complain that they can’t meet anyone – then tell me in the next breath that a man has to be the right height, have the right hair colour, the right job, the right car, almost the right DNA before he can even be considered for a date.”

Celebrities do not seem to have the same issues when it comes to getting married at a young age, as proven by Miley Cyrus.

The actress and singer is engaged to Australian actor Liam Hemsworth at the age of 19. Her ring comprises of a vintage diamond from the late 1800s in a modern yellow gold setting.

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