Wow who knew there was actually science behind cuffing season? As the temperature drops, snowflakes drift in the sky, and Mariah Carrey and Michael Buble croon from every last Starbucks and shopping centre, apparently, you're a lot more likely to get yourself a cuddle buddy.
Cuffing season is defined by Urban Dictionary as a period, "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."
It doesn't surprise us that holiday cheer inspires people to settle tf down, but there is some actual scientific proof to why you might be feeling a little lonelier during the winter months. Apparently, breaking up is a lot harder to do come Christmas-time. Facebook actually reports that 34% of their users are more likely to change their relationship status to "in a relationship" on Christmas Day.
It's also a lot fricken colder in most places come December, which naturally makes us want not only physical warmth but emotional warmth aka a hot chocolate and a snuggle with bae. If you are snuggling pretty often, your body will be pumping out oxytocin aka the cuddling hormone, which will make you happier/more likely to cuddle and release the hormone again.
And speaking about hormones, we release higher levels of testosterone during the winter months, which pumps up everyone's sex drive. Did you also know that apparently men find women's bodies more attractive during the winter? Which really makes me wonder why anyone would bother trying to diet/get a summer bod when a winter bod is sexier? Bring on the baes and booze, it's time to get cuffed!