A relationship expert has warned about the possible pit-falls of taking part in ‘cuffing season’.
Cuffing season, as defined by Urban Dictionary, is a period of time ‘during the Fall and Winter months, when people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be Cuffed or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed’.
‘Cuffing season’ kicks off in October, when single folks begin to have ‘try-outs’ for potential partners to cosy up with during December when the season is in full swing.
Dating app Tinder revealed in 2021 that cuffing season was as popular as ever, with a spokesperson sharing: "As we slide into Cuffing Season, over half (51%) of Gen Z are hoping to get into a relationship and nearly a fifth (17%) are looking to casually date, as the nights draw in.
"While temperatures are set to drop, dates at home will be on the rise, with 18-24 year olds admitting that they fancy having a date at home after just four dates."
"It's largely attributed to the temperature dropping and the influx of holidays, which makes people eager to have a sweetheart to cuddle with by the fire, to kiss at midnight on New Year's, to take to the office Christmas party, etc."
All sounds sweet enough, right? After all, who wants to drink overpriced, water-downed mulled wine at a Christmas market on their own?
However, Peña has warned that cuffing can end up heart-ache, which probably isn’t on your Christmas list.
Peña added: “A common pitfall is that you may be being less discerning and settle for someone you normally wouldn't be compatible with.
"You could possibly ignore red flags or overlook things that would normally be deal breakers for the sake of staying together for those lonely Sunday nights."
She also warns daters to watch out for a casual cuff hook up suddenly becoming ‘very enthusiastic about introducing you to their family’ - as that could be a sure fire sign that they’ve caught feelings and you’re on thin ice when it comes to leaving them broken hearted.
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