Remember when #ForeverAlone was a thing? If you were single then, it was both the most relatable content and an annoying reminder of the increasingly fathomable life ahead with 40 cats that you attempted to laugh off with memes. When you felt left out because your friends were all hooking up and forgetting you. Not that we would know anything about that.
Good news is, it’s part biological. In regions with four seasons, Cuffing Season occurs in and around winter, where people are more susceptible to coupling up to fend off the cold and
lingering feeling of darkness and desolation solitude. Serotonin levels drop and testosterone spikes; meaning you’re sadder and hornier. There are actual dating site and app data to show that humans do partner off more in chilly times.
cuffing season y’all pic.twitter.com/9KVKwMBBOz
— sexi lexi ™ (@lexiwilkes) November 1, 2017
It’s why you’ve probably not heard of Cuffing Season even though it has circulated since appearing on Urban Dictionary EIGHT years ago. Complaining in the unbearable heat of our sunny island, you want an ice cold beer, not someone to add to your sweaty discomfort. Plus, the term literally derives from handcuffing, which is a bit BDSM-y. Unless that’s what you’re into (no judgement).
But does it apply to us?
We don’t get fluffy white snow here, the lowest temperatures fall shy of 25°C, but the end to start of the year is still our country’s cooler period. More importantly, Cuffing Season is somewhat a social construct. Festivities incite #FOMO, and should the lunar calendar eclipse with Valentine’s like it has this year, great. Now you’ve got both your family and friends asking about your absent love life.
But we’re not here to tell you how to counter this. We’re just here to explain the phenomenon, and in other words, tell you to deal with it. If anything, cuffing season is a good thing—you have more folks motivated to settle. We’re almost at the end of Cuffing Season, now go out there and have yourself a spring fling.