The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. There’s no denying it anymore: Cuffing season is upon us — and you’re still single. But what is cuffing season, and why does it even matter if you’re single? According to Urban Dictionary, cuffing season is described as the time of year (usually during fall and winter) where “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.”
As tempting as that all sounds, maybe you’d still rather avoid the hassle of “cuffing” and stick to being single.
And that’s extremely fair! Logically, we know there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being single. But social media and pop culture have led us to believe that we need to find a temporary boo for the cold months ahead. Sure, it would be nice to find someone you can tolerate and keep them around for regularly scheduled orgasms and the occasional cuddle session, but if this isn’t your reality, it’s not the end of the world.
In fact, we’d like to point out that there are actually some really good reasons to remain uncuffed this season.
1You can make a fall-winter to-do list.
Take the opportunity to do all the fun, amazing fall and winter activities you’ve been dying to do without worrying about having to see nauseatingly cute couples at every turn since they’ll all be inside being “cuffed.” Or if you’ve been wanting to take a solo trip, the kick-off of cuffing season, October, is the perfect time do just that.
2You get to reconnect with other single friends home for the holidays.
Cuffing season conveniently falls during the holidays, which means most, if not all, of your single friends will be home to celebrate. This is the perfect time to reach out to old friends and strengthen those bonds of friendship. Maybe even take them along on your fall-winter excursions.
3You can let go of whatever personal grooming you do when someone else is seeing you naked on the regular.
Let’s be honest, between the colder temperatures and the fact that we’ll spend 90% of our time bundled up, many of us will opt to give our razors a rest this time of year. And since you’re single during cuffing season, there’s really no reason to go through the extra trouble of shaving from head to toe. You know, unless you want to. Live your best life.
4You’re allowed to keep a stacked rotation.
Since you’re single during cuffing season, you’ll have the opportunity to keep a rotation. Or, if you’re a fan of HBO’s Insecure, let’s call it a “ho-tation.” The whole point of cuffing season is finding a temporary boo, right? So why not keep your options open and have several temporary boos? All the physical goodness without the extra layer of relationship clinginess.
5You won’t accidentally falling into a fling.
On paper, participating in cuffing season seems almost foolproof, but what happens when the warm, faux sense of intimacy that’s being created turns cold because someone developed real feelings and wants more? We’d rather not think about it, and luckily single you won’t have to think about it either.
6You don’t have to awkwardly meet anyone’s family
Like we’ve said, cuffing season equals holiday season and most people will probably want to take their “cuffed buddy” home to meet the family. Mostly just to prove they won’t die alone with their cats, but also because it’s something to do. Not participating this year will leave you free of all awkward family interactions. Well, except your own.
7You get the ultimate solo hibernation time.
If you’re single during cuffing season, you can totally use the time to hibernate. Spend all day inside, under the covers, binge-watching your favorite shows. Reconnect with yourself and reflect on all the things you’ve accomplished thus far. With the new year just around the corner, set some resolutions (even if you probably won’t stick to them), and enjoy your own company. Just having solitude without having to share your space with someone else is totally sublime. After all, you’re pretty awesome all on your own.