Cuffing Season Mentality: How It Really Affects Your Relationships

“Cuffing season” has become as synonymous with cold weather as the holidays. Defined by Urban Dictionary as a time when “people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves desiring to be ‘cuffed,’ or tied down by a serious relationship,” millennials have the practice almost down to a science.

While a conveniently-timed relationship might seem like a harmless concept, how does it actually affect your long term physical and psychological health?

There are no studies that investigate cuffing season specifically, but there is enough research that can explain why it’s such a phenomenon now.

For instance, a 2012 study found that cold weather leads to a greater need for social and psychological warmth. The science-backed fact that strong interpersonal relationships lead to