So... What is Cuffing Season?

The weather is getting cold and being single is getting old. Around this time of year, I’m sure your Twitter feed is filled with about a million tweets about it being “Cuffing Season,” but what does that even mean? For those of you who are living under a rock, in a relationship, or have better things to do, Cuffing Season is the idea that once the weather gets cold, everyone who dodged commitment in the summertime is in a frenzy to find someone for the holidays.

Photo courtesy of Brodie Vissers

The holidays can be a hot commodity for a few reasons—starting around mid-October, haunted hayrides and pumpkin farm pictures will flood your Instagram feed. Couples costumes are kind of fun, right? Then, everyone knows that come Thanksgiving time, your nosey relatives want to know all the juicy details about your new significant other. Or how about those annual Christmas parties, when it seems everyone has a plus one? And it doesn’t stop in December. After Christmas, New Year's and Valentine’s Day are make it or break it because as soon as swimsuit season comes around, Spring Fever is in full effect.

This isn’t to say that the guy who sits behind you in bio has been recently pursuing you for cuffing season, but just keep an eye out for those summertime fine fellas who are always on the prowl come fall. I recently conducted a poll on social media to gain some insight on what other collegiettes think about Cuffing Season, and this is what they said:

“It portrays the whole 'act right only when you want to' thing.”- N.F

“I honestly feel like the holidays already make people depressed. Now we have “cuffing season” and it just casts more light on the fact you’re alone for the holiday season. If you weren’t depressed before that you didn’t have a significant other, you probably are now.”- A.D

“I think we're a lonely generation; cause it's definitely a real thing. I myself have even been guilty of it. It's good in the sense that we can at least try to make connections, but from personal experience, they aren't long-lasting or super meaningful connections. For some maybe it's genuine and meaningful but generally, you see many people get into relationships in the fall and break up in spring or early summer. There are many points to it I think. It can be that you're lonely, it can be that you're on rebound from a bad breakup, it can be that you just want someone there. I'm a strong believer in therapy, no matter what your "mental health status" is, per-say; I think anyone can benefit from it. It increases one's self-awareness and I think if people our age or close to our age were more self-aware, we wouldn't seek out attention and affection so much. We would be enough for ourselves until we found someone we had a fresh and genuine connection with.”- M.C

Whether it be because you don’t want to be lonely for the holidays or you just need someone to cuddle up to during J Term, it’s Cuffing Season, and if you aren’t “cuffed up” by now you’re probably safe.

Rep image courtesy of Brodie Vissers