'Tis the season -- cuffing season, that is.
You know, the time of year when the leaves start to change, the temperature dips and you start craving hot beverages, warm blankets, a cozy fire, twinkly lights and somebody special with whom to share all those things.
And oddly enough, it's particularly popular in the southern parts of the United States, even though the temperatures may tend to be more mild than our neighbors to the north. Wedding website JJ's House analyzed more than 100,000 tweets mentioning "cuffing season" and found that many of the tweets came from southern states. Texas was third on the list of states that tweeted most frequently about "cuffing season." Utah was No. 1 (we get it, it's cold there) and New Mexico was No. 2. West Virginia was fourth and Alaska (cold AND sparingly populated) rounded out the top five.
The trend of wanting a significant other around the holidays isn't a new phenomenon, but the term "cuffing season" is relatively new. Urban Dictionary defines the phrase as the time during the colder 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."
The term first popped up on Urban Dictionary in 2011, but it's been happening for years -- thousands of years, actually. A clinical psychologist told MTV back in 2014 that it's "happened in our evolutionary history every time the days get darker" due to the increased survival chances that come with coupling up. Two is better than one when it comes to survival of the fittest.
Texans after reading this: