- Derick Wong
Cuffing Season is an actual thing and it happens every year. First and foremost, the term “cuffing season” defined by Urban Dictionary is “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 cause singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”
It’s that time of the year where you witness your buddies, one after another, fall into the shackles of relationships. You have obviously been exposed to the effects of cuffing season when you realize everyone in your friend circle is either getting cuffed or falling for someone. At this time, you may catch yourself “feening,” or trying to hook up with another person. It’s like a ripple or the domino effect. However, not everyone is equally affected by this phenomenon; a secluded few are immune to these feelings.
Mainly due to the high usage of social media, some are more drugged in this essence and fall harder. Those who actively avoid social media and other forms of influence are little to not affected at all. Those who want to stay single may want to avoid Starbucks or other coffee shops- the contagious effects of cuffing season can almost appear anywhere. This is due to the media displaying cuffed people or singing about love when you snuggle in your comfy bed. You listen and repeat the lyrics in your head or even the scenes that gave you butterflies; then you think about what could happen as you imagine yourself cuffed to your crush, and end up shooting your shot when you feel the time is right. Such huge influence from the media and the seasonal weather supports why people cuff during the winter and not the summer. These waves of relationships come in and suddenly die near the end of summer for a specific reason.
A majority of these people that are cuffed during the winter desire one similar thing: a snuggle/sex buddy to stay home with them. Repeatedly proven by science, your hormone levels drastically increase during winter. As a result, you experience winter blues for a short period of time. When the winter decays, people start losing feeling and go back to their daily lives of clubs and other activities to keep themselves busy until the next winter comes. It’s definitely a vicious cycle of love and break-up dictated by the seasons of the year.
As said before, this doesn’t apply to every one of us. Those who don’t experience winter are probably affected by the latter. Yes, you pick your poison: from movies to songs to books. After indulging on each of these, it’s probable you’ll experience the same feelings of the loneliness of those affected by the seasons.
To ensure your safe journey whether you want to be cuffed or not, tread safely and keep in mind, it’s your hormones and the world pushing you to cuff each other or stay single.