Any time of the year is a good enough time to call it quits with a boyf or to find new ~love~, but summer in particular is notorious for ushering in breakups. In fact, according to this graphic by British journalist David McCandless, who scraped 10,000 Facebook status updates for the phrases “breakup” and “broken up,” summer is one of the top five times in a year for splits to happen, along with Valentine’s Day, spring break, April Fool’s Day, and two weeks before the December holidays. While this phenomenon is more applicable in countries that experience the four seasons—snuggle in the winter, sizzle in the summer—some reasons summer is breakup season may apply to us in our tropical clime, too.
1. Blame it on the sun.
According to Men’s Health, sunlight increases serotonin and dopamine levels thereby heightening mood and arousal, and also enhances testosterone production in men. Elite Daily also cites that sunlight boosts vitamin D levels, which in turn help boost your energy, making you more active and more likely to head out with romance on the brain than to stay indoors with a Friends marathon.
2. People wear less clothing in the summer.
Girls are exposing acres of bare legs, backs, and midriffs while boys are putting their mighty guns and muscled legs on display—even when not at the beach. There’s a lot of skin going around, a lot of checking out going on, and a lot of thirst for everyone involved.
3. Your social calendar is packed with opportunities to meet new people or reconnect with old friends. (And all of them are, of course, in less clothing.)
In the summer, your social life is more likely to blow up and have you checking out that tasty eye candy on display at whatever party/vacation/beach getaway/music festival you’re at. And let’s not forget all the alcohol thrown in the mix. SO. MUCH. ALCOHOL.
4. Summer is seen as the time to have fun, and this mindset could lessen inhibitions.
With all the inebriated joy and bright-eyed adventure going on in the summer, people are generally more down to do carefree, crazy things—and for coupled-up folks, this could include (gasp!) cheating on a partner.
5. For students, the school calendar could be the culprit.
In an interview with MTV.com, California-based psychotherapist and sexologist Isadora Alman said that younger folks’ dating behavior is more likely to be regulated by the school calendar. In the Philippines, where the school year normally ends around the summer months, the two-month gap that follows when a young couple doesn't see each other as often as they would within the hallowed halls of their school could make or break a bond.
6. “Cuffing season” is donezo.
The top definition for “cuffing season” on Urban Dictionary goes like this: “During the fall and winter months 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.” While we don’t experience fall and winter in our corner of the world, it is pretty nice to have an S.O. to snuggle through the December-January holidays and through to Valentine’s Day. But come March…hello there, items 1 through 5.
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