Cuffing season, also known as single awareness season, is the stretch of months when everyone (but you) gets into a relationship. It happens every winter as the days get darker and the nights get colder. Like animals, people desperately scramble to find a mate to hibernate with. It’s totally natural — and totally awful.
What’s the science behind this anthropological phenomenon?
According to physician and psychiatrist Dr. Scott Caroll, people crave warmth during cooler times, both physically and psychologically. So if you’re single like me, get ready for all the gross and unnecessary PDA you’re about to witness. Despite being someone who has spent nearly every cuffing season alone, I understand the pressure of this trend.
We’re spending more time indoors, energy is lower… it’d be nice to have a human heater on hand.
However, what happens when winter ends?
According to psychologist and social worker Dr. Danielle Forshee, “uncuffing season” begins when the sun comes out. The increase in serotonin, desire to be outdoors, and ability to socialize more tends to show couples whether or not their relationship was for security or true love. Reportedly, Valentine’s Day is a popular breakup time.
So save yourself the drama and heartbreak after this cuffing season. The cold in New York is the perfect time for YOU. It’s the best excuse to stay inside, binge-watch your favorite shows, and spend ridiculous amounts of money on Postmates.