How the dating scene changes with the seasons
A new season doesn't just mean it's time to switch up your wardrobe; the dating scene also changes with the temperature. Here are the four seasons of dating you should know about:
1. Cuffing season (early fall to early winter)
When fall is in full swing and winter is on its way, many single people want to find someone to date more seriously to help them through the dreary cold winter months. During this time, some tend to partner up with those who are convenient but may not be suitable for them. These relationships never tend to last very long. This phenomenon is known as cuffing season.
2. Winterizing (late fall to late winter)
Those who don't participate in cuffing season are more likely to "winterize." This means that they seize the opportunity to take a break from dating— these people tend to delete all dating apps and hibernate indoors until the early spring.
3. Spring fever (late winter to spring)
When the sun finally pokes through the clouds and temperatures start warming up, many people feel optimistic and energized. With spring comes renewed possibility. People tend to go out more when the weather heats up, so a lot start to test the waters of dating again.
4. Fielding season (summer)
Have you heard of the term "fielding season" before? It's the exact opposite of cuffing season in many ways. Summer is perfect for endless flings and full-on dating competitions with friends. People come out to play during this time and are more sociable, attending events such as concerts and festivals. Dating apps are abuzz with new faces, and people are eager to meet one another.
Which season is your favorite?
Each of the four seasons — fall, winter, spring, and summer — gives you a chance to experience a unique aspect of dating. Fall and winter present the opportunity to date more seriously (or take a break), while spring and summer are all about meeting fresh faces and having lighthearted fun for many. Remember: never lower your standards and sell yourself short for whatever season resonates with you.
- "The Seasons of Dating," Huffington Post, June 14, 2015.
- "The Seasons of Dating," Elite Daily, June 7, 2012.