There\u2019s a stereotype that once a man gets married, it\u2019s \u201cGame Over\u201d for him. He\u2019ll be a grown-up, put away his toys, and be a loving father and husband to his wife. In society, men are seen as being \u2018tied down\u2019 by the \u2018chains\u2019 of marriage. You hear \u201cSay goodbye to freedom, bro\u201d jokes from the wedding guests. But this mindset of \u201cmarriage will tie you down\u201d isn\u2019t true in my group of male friends. Actually, we\u2019re the ones who are constantly bringing up the question: \u201cEh, are you looking to get married one day?\u201d The question of marriage did pop up in my head a few times \u2014 over the years, I stopped questioning myself and decided that I wanted to get married. But I am just one man, so what do I know. Here are a the 4 biggest reasons us men choose to tie the knot: Reason #1: I Love My Partner Image Via Straits Times Ahh, the good ol\u2019 love. This is the most common answer I hear when asked about marriage \u2013 I mean, it\u2019s perfectly logical. Marrying someone you don\u2019t love can be such an emotional torture. My friend Alan recently got married. He proposed 6 months into the relationship, in fact, which came as a big surprise to us all. But being supportive friends that we are, we asked him about it and he simply said, \u201cI love her and she\u2019s the one.\u201d Good for them! They know what they\u2019re doing and getting into. Another friend, Clarence, feels the same about his girlfriend. We know because we notice the way he looks at her and the way he acts around her. When asked if he\u2019d want to get married, his answer is always, \u201cWe\u2019ll see how it goes...\u201d with a mysterious smile on his face. He\u2019s younger than I am so maybe he doesn\u2019t fully know what his feelings mean yet. It\u2019s super clear to us, the bystanders though. Reason #2: We Are Great Together\u00a0\u00a0 Okay, this criterion is very important. Compatibility is hard to come by, there are billions of people on Earth and naturally, when you find one person compatible with you in your city, you hold on to them. Personally, I support this because I\u2019m a picky person when it comes to my significant other. I\u2019m not going to just marry any female-version of Tom, Dick and Harry out there (obviously). Neither should any of you out there \u2014 that\u2019s just foolish and nonsensical! My friend Andy feels the same way too. I remember telling Andy and his girlfriend that they seem very compatible in every way and that he should hold on to her. You must know that, we've never met any of Andy's girlfriends. This is a first and from the looks of it, he hopes to have her around for a long time. So do we. Plus, one shouldn\u2019t mistake compatibility with chemistry. We can have great chemistry with practically anyone out there but that\u2019s not compatibility. Chemistry gives excitement but compatibility means stability. If you\u2019re really wondering what is compatibility, it should be things like shared interests, favourite pastimes together, similar definition of clinginess (this one super important). Generally speaking, a guy won't feel that clinginess is negative if we like it. We just allow it because we like it. Reason #3: She Makes Me A Better Person It\u2019s perfectly normal that we humans want to be the best versions of ourselves. That\u2019s why when we see our friend becoming less of an A-hole because of his girlfriend, we\u2019d tell him, \u201cDude, marry this girl.\u201d And because they\u2019re less of an A-hole now, they\u2019ll be more accepting of marriage and they\u2019ll reply \u201cYeah, I will!\u201d or \u201cYeah, I\u2019m gonna.\u201d It makes perfect sense, right? Andi says, \u201cIf a girl can make you strive to be a better person without forcing you to change anything about yourself, you know you should marry the girl.\u201d Honestly, I concur. That\u2019s why they say, \u2018Behind every successful man, there\u2019s a woman.\u2019 Reason #4: I Want to Be a Father One Day Frankly, this reason is particularly more personal to me. I grew up without both my parents, only my paternal family. Hence, I never really knew the feeling of having a father. One can have a father-figure but it\u2019s never the same, trust me. So, I told myself that one day, when I\u2019m financially-able and have kids of my own, I will be the father that I never had and to always be there for my kids. My girlfriend feels sad every time we talk about this but I see this as a chance to be a father to my future kids and be the father that I wished I had when I was growing up. To me, it\u2019s a hope, albeit a wistful one. There\u2019s always going to be some reasons why you shouldn\u2019t get married.\u00a0 Okay, real talk. Honestly ah, there are a lot more factors, regardless how trivial, that should be considered when it comes to marriage. Financials, housing or even upbringing styles. If you clash on any of them, you will not be able to live with each other. The truth is, there are many reasons why you shouldn't get married. You\u2019ll listen and believe them \u2013 until maybe when you meet that one person that changes your mind. You only need one reason to get married and it\u2019s almost always the person you\u2019re with. So if you guys are sure about marriage, my advice is prepare early, evaluate pretty much everything in your life before getting into it. If you\u2019re doing it right, once is enough. That\u2019s what we all hope for, right?\u00a0 So I bid all couples out there, best of luck and Godspeed. By Clement E. For more stories on the topic of marriage, read: 4 Older Malaysian Couples Share Their Secrets To A Long-lasting Marriage and 6 Reasons Why Millennials Are Saying No to Marriage.