The weather’s starting to turn, party season is looming, and all of a sudden it’s just occurred to you that you’re about to spend the greatest time of the year single. While there’s nothing wrong with being single and ready to mingle, now is the time of year when people start to find themselves wishing for a relationship. So, if this sounds like you, no, you’re not crazy. Even though you’re completely happy being single the rest of the year, now it’s crunch time and it’s super likely you’re about to find yourself in a very well-timed short-term match up. Ladies and gents, meet cuffing season.
What is cuffing season?
A quick squiz on Urban Dictionary defines cuffing season as a time of year when “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.”
Now for our babes who live north of the equator, this makes total sense. The cold weather easily be make you feel like you need an S.O to be cuffed to. No, not in a kinky way, but also not not in a kinky way. If you know what I mean).
But, that doesn’t mean us ladies Down Under are immune to cuffing season qualities of the end of the year. According to data from Facebook, people all over set their relationship status to ‘in a relationship’ during October and February. But, as soon as March rolls around, many of us a changing it back to ‘single’.
Does that mean all relationships that blossom towards the end of the year are destined to fail? Not quite. But if you’ve found yourself manically swiping right just to shut down your fam’s awkward questions at the dinner table, maybe don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Flings work just as well, you know!
So there you have it. Cuffing season is alive and well. Stay alert, ladies.
Got your back, Emma Roffey.