Cuffing Season: Vrai ou Faux?

By Abreana Smith

When you hear the words “cuffing season”, what do you think of? The general masses think of the cold, winter, rain, relationships, having somebody, etc. When I think of cuffing season, I think of short-term relationships, seasonal depression, insecurities, (horrible) coping mechanisms; but most importantly, why the need/want for a relationship. Cuffing season is basically a time period where a person seeks companionship. After their season is over, they’re back to enjoying the single life.

I asked students on Texas Southern University’s campus, family, friends, and social media a series of questions to help me understand why cuffing season is a big deal.

My first question was, when does cuffing season start and end? Before I could ask for a specific month, the majority said “it starts when it’s cold, and ends when it’s hot.” Only 1% of the 40+ people I asked said something other than that (literally one person).

Knowing our generation, there had to be some type of pressure to have a relationship or be with somebody during cuffing season. When I asked people, surprisingly, social media wasn’t a popular answer. Some people said the holidays/cold and the need for gifts, other people said it came from their peers. The most interesting answer I got was envy and the fear of missing out. People envy others in relationships and the love/ attention they get from their partner. People fear missing out on the “taken life” and the endless opportunities out there.

After a series of questions like, “would you bring your cuffing season partner home?”, “Can relationships last longer than cuffing season?” With the final question, “do you think cuffing season is catered towards having one companion or multiple companions?” This question was a toss-up because I know people can have a roster or they can be the romantic type. The answers were 50/50.

People actually want a roster to entertain multiple people but they also just want one person to cuddle up with for a season.

Hearing the same answers over and over again made me wonder if there was something psychological that made people feel a certain way during cuffing season so I sought out help from my psychology professor: Zamaria John, Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern.

“There was a study that was published that indicated that changes in season can cause changes in our DNA. Our genetics are not the same year-round; about 5,000 of these genes are affected when season change. These genes change in production and expression and that impacts our hormones, which changes our sex drive” Professor Johnson stated.

“You can also crave cuddling. Society can tell you that it’s cuddling season, so you cuddle a few times to try it out. Oxytocin is a hormone that is released in response to interactions.” Professor Johnson continued, “This hormone can be released during cuddling and it can begin to be something positive that you crave, which can cause you to want to cuddle more. This also works for dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter released when we are doing something we love. So if it’s commonly released during fall times, you may be more inclined to engage in loving activities, like finding a significant other and cuddling during the fall.”

So there you have it, folks. cuffing season gives us an accurate feeling that most of us feel based off our emotions and not just everybody around us. All in all, I still do believe cuffing season is unnecessary, but I was wrong to believe that people were crazy to want somebody when it’s cold and drop them when it’s hot. I want to know your thoughts! Do you believe cuffing season is a thing? Is it stupid? Helpful? Let me know! @unicornbob on Instagram for your thoughts on cuffing season.