The Scientific Reason Behind Cuffing Season

The Scientific Reason Behind Cuffing Season

As the temperature drops and the leaves fall, so does the desire to be single. Read on to see how "Cuffing Season" is a biological response.
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When you think of fall, you probably think of overly commercialized pumpkin treats, changing leaves, and the incoming onset of some of America's favorite holidays. However, according to various statistics, scientific analyses, surveys, and observations, the drop of temperature means an increase in monogamy among the younger population where they rush into relationships to keep themselves warm in these frosty months.

Urban Dictionary defines this intriguing phenomenon, known as "cuffing season," as an instance where "during the fall and winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be 'cuffed' or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed."

Whether or not these instances of increased relationships are a mere coincidence or an uncorrelated happening of human connection, there are undoubtedly causes that boil down to the essential reasons why the cold weather makes everyone eager to "cuff," and it all comes down to science.

First off, the frequency of "cuffing" relationships in the colder months is supported by statistics.

As shown in the image above, for those under the age of 25, the daily net percentage change in relationships is highest towards the end of the year and carries on into the early months of the new year (while the temperature is still relatively low).One reason for this phenomenon could be coffee. A lot of people associate the fall and winter month with treats like pumpkin spice lattes, peppermint mochas, and classic hot chocolate, and this may be why everyone is getting cuffed. According to a 2008 Williams and Bargh experiment, physical warmth provided by outside sources (such as holding a cup of coffee) directly correlated to psychological "warmth," or increased happiness and friendliness. In a similar study, participants either held a paper cup of hot coffee or a cup of iced coffee, and it was recorded that those with the hot coffee were more kind, selfless, and generous. Could it be possible that these "basic" coffee drinks are the reason people are finding love?

Another reason for cuffing season could be a desire for warmth.

As colder months approach, our bodies have an innate response to look for warmth. For most people, this happens through dressing in layers of clothes, putting on the heat indoors, and reducing exposure to the cold. However, our mating choices may largely play into our survival instincts. When one experiences the emotions of happiness and love, their entire body undergoes activity that stimulates warmth.

Because of this, in addition to a cozy blanket, we may be looking for love to keep us warm during the cold season.

Finally, seeking companionship during winter months may be because of S.A.D, or seasonal affective disorder. This condition is caused by reduced serotonin in the body in colder and darker weather, resulting in the winter blues. However, serotonin is one of the most prominent chemicals involved in the body's response to love, so a new romance could make dreary nights spent in more enjoyable, according to your hormone levels.

Whether the idea of "cuffing season" fills you with hope or angst, just realize that this occurrence is your body's way of surviving and making the cold months more enjoyable. Along with having a companion for haunted trails, pumpkin picking, Christmas shopping, mistletoe kissing, New Years partying, and Valentine's, cuddling up to a winter fling may be the fuzzy blanket for your soul that you didn't realize you needed.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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Leave Your Ex Alone

They don't want to bother with you, so stop bothering them.

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It's okay to be friends with your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, but you can never be friends immediately after the break-up or else the friendship will fail. To be someone's friend you must be able to support them and love them. Relationships almost never end on good terms, so how can you be truly supportive to the person that broke you? You can't.

You both need time to heal and love yourselves again without the emotional support that you both have been leaning on for so long."You can't fix yourself while holding on to the person that broke you." -r.h.sin. Remember that.

Also, please for the sake of all your friends, followers, and your self-dignity, keep your relationship off social media. I'm not saying don't post want you to want to post, but when your profile has turned into a hate blog for your ex, I think it's time quit. Not only does constantly posting negative things about your ex make you look bad, but it also makes the healing process go even slower and possibly ruin the chances of friendship again.

And if you truly believe that sending a text that is close to the length of 400 words to your ex explaining once again that you are completely over them will make them change their minds then go off, but know it most likely won't work. Then didn't care the first time, they won't care the seventh time.

So basically, be respectful and be kind to your ex. No matter how messed upshot they did was and no matter how badly that hurt you, realize that treating them terrible back solves nothing and only reflects badly on you. You can't change how people treat you, but you can choose how to react.

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