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Why Cuffing Season Means Your Single Friends Are About To ‘Couple Up’

What Is Cuffing Season

Somewhere between mid-November and March, a phenomenon known as ‘cuffing season’ emerges. This has nothing to do with actual handcuffs, but more about being metaphorically attached to a romantic partner. As the nights get longer and the memories of summer start to fade away, many of us feel an overwhelming desire to settle down and hibernate


According to Urban Dictionary, the cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed. In other words, why venture out into the darkness to scour the streets for romance, weekend after weekend, when you can order a seasonal lover quicker than you can say “eggnog latte”?



4 things that happen during ‘cuffing season’


1. You start feeling a false sense of loneliness

You’ve been single all year but for some reason now that it’s getting colder it’s as though you suddenly feel your singleness so much more.


2. All you start to see on Instagram are #couplegoals


Is it just you or is the world and his wife in a relationship? People who you genuinely thought would be perpetually single – or at least would be single way after you – are now in relationships and are showing it all over social media.


3. The ex slides into your messages


Usually under the guise of jokey insults (my personal favourite being ‘hey, big head!’), but inevitably you’ll receive at least one text, WhatsApp or DM from an ex. It’s as though the sudden drop in temperature to single figures has jogged their memory about how good you were to them.


4. You realise it’s all an illusion really anyway


At some point during cuffing season you’ll find yourself on a night out with your other single friends and realise that actually you’re perfectly happy just as you are.


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