According to researchers, most relationships begin at the start of fall. It makes sense when you think about it: the chilly temps, the holiday parties, snuggling up inside until spring — it's all better with a partner.
From roughly November through March, singletons all across America are likely to succumb to what's casually known as "cuffing season," or the longing to attach yourself to a romantic partner. Sometimes these relationships last long after the snow melts, and sometimes they only stick around until the shorts come out, but either way, the desire to date during the fall and winter is real.
The Inner Circle can help you out with that. The app's tagline is "carefully selected, cleverly connected," and it makes good on that promise by vetting its users and strategically pairing them based on similar interests and backgrounds. It delivers quality over quantity, thanks to a team that does the internet stalking for you by checking out people's Facebook and LinkedIn profiles and only admitting those that appear legit.
Activity on The Inner Circle spikes this time of year, so if you're looking to partner up (even if it's just for the season), now's the time to join. Why else should you seek out a SO right now? Here are a few more reasons.
Cooler weather gets you in the mood
A very real study declared that its male subjects' testosterone levels were lowest "in months with the highest temperatures and longest hours of daylight," and peaked in October and November. Not only that, but seasonal scents like pumpkin and vanilla have been found to stimulate the libidos of both men and women.
Think of the Instagram opportunities
Apple picking, hayrides, holiday window shopping, sparkly New Year's Eve parties — these next few months are packed with picture-perfect posing situations. Of course, these events are fun with friends or when you're riding solo, but a little arm candy definitely ups the enjoyment quotient.
The snuggle is real
Physical contact releases the hormone oxytocin, which floods your brain with the feel-good chemical. Once you've gotten a hit of that mood booster, you crave even more, which in turn spurs you to seek out more cuddles. And in a season where sunlight is scarce and many people's moods dip, we often crave as much oxytocin as possible.