The weather warms up, we spend more time outdoors, more time with our friends and we’re exposed to more people. The chances of meeting someone surge but will that increase the likelihood of finding a long term committed relationship? Warm weather has been known to influence human behaviour, with a particular demonstration in the context of increasing aggression (Anderson et al, 2000) but is there any impact when it comes to romantic relationships and if so how long does it last?
Temperatures rise in the summer months (British weather permitting!) and so do the number of age-old summer romances. Summer romances are renowned for being short and sweet, but can they stand the test of time? Quickly established, summer romances can often seem like a whirlwind and with the indirect impact of warmer weather increasing mood, couples frequently overlook any red flags under the pretence of its summer fun. However, any romantic link has the potential to go the distance, whether that connection be made in the summer months or winter and with potential can come relationships. This can be shown at the point where summer is drawing to a close.
Known to some as the ‘cuffing season’ - the period during the autumn and winter months in which singletons are most likely to seek a serious relationship, and therefore the point where summer romances are either moved swiftly into relationships or cooled off. Summer romances are now under scrutiny, is this person someone you can see a relationship with, do they want the same? Its important to remember that you shouldn’t rush into a new relationship simply because you do not want to be alone but equally as important to give people the opportunity to show who they really are, as opposed to labelling them as a ‘summer fling’, when in fact there could be great potential for it to move forward.
In conclusion, residual effects of good weather can trickle into how we feel and consequently impact how we approach potential relationships. With a positive attitude and an increase in contact with possible partners, there is likely to be an increase in the chance of a relationship. Whether that relationship lasts through the ‘cuffing season’ completely depends on the dynamic you have with your partner, something that is irrespective of the time of year. It’s important to remember that long term relationships can form through a range of ways, whether that be from friendship, slow burners or summer romances. They key is to give love a chance, however it first presents itself.
Anderson, C. A., Anderson, K. B., Dorr, N., DeNeve, K. M., & Flanagan, M. (2000). Temperature and aggression. In Advances in experimental social psychology (Vol. 32, pp. 63-133). Academic Press.