To quote the infinitely wise “stic.man” of Dead Prez, “Some say the summer make a woman more sexual. It’s instinct; that’s why my game be right on schedule.”
What he’s referring to here is a natural boost in sexuality that most people will begin to feel as they turn their calendars from winter to spring and spring to summer.
Like all other instincts though, many will go about these changes without devoting much thought to how or why.
Well, from a more practical perspective, it makes sense. As the sun begins to shine stronger, and for more hours throughout the day, it can’t help but brighten up our moods, too.
As the temperature starts to rise, we begin to shed some layers.
Ladies start wearing sundresses; bros start breaking out their high school lacrosse pinnies (even though they graduated from college, like, three or four years ago).
We start hitting the gym with (some) regularity, with hopes of getting our bodies “beach ready” – or at least shed some of the weight we gained last season.
According to Self, all of this “increases blood flow to our brains, our bodies and our genitals, and it elevates our moods and endorphins.” In short, “there really is a reason behind spring fever.”
Self spoke with Sexual Health Expert Jennifer R. Berman, MD., who said, “it’s actually about anthropology.”
As suggested by Berman, “The shift in temperature changes our hormones and our circadian rhythms and really makes it a mating season.”
Mating season? I’ve heard of cuffing season, but I never really figured humans had a clear-cut mating season – probably because I never really considered the act of sexual intercourse as “mating.”
I mean, I generally associate “mating” with reproduction, and for the standard Millennial, any prospect of sex resulting in reproduction would surely put an end to his or her “summer fever” real quick.
Yet, according to Daily Mail, statistics show there may, in fact, be a clear-cut “mating season” – or a time of the year when sex (however casual) is most prominent.
Using a survey that gauged which month subjects reported to be their most sexually active, August (the peak of the summer) was the most common.
Interestingly enough, while February is the month containing the most “romantic holiday” of the calendar year, it also was reported as the least “sexually active” month on the calendar.
So, just in case you were feeling like the only one not “getting any” last Valentine’s Day – think again.
After August, results showed July and June were the next two most popular months for sex. And after them, May.
As you can clearly see, spring fever – and a possible “mating season” – are both statistically verified phenomena.
Ruth Styles of Daily Mail continued to provide a possible explanation for the increase in sex during spring and summer months.
“Researchers put the results down to the higher melatonin levels seen in most of us during the winter months, which can lead to a lower sex drive, depression and lethargy.”
Following this logic, because we’re more “spry” during the spring months, there’s a better chance that we’ll find ourselves pushing forth this extra energy toward our dating lives.
In addition to lower melatonin levels in the spring, men will also experience a nice little testosterone boost as well.
According to Styles, “tests have shown that men have 33 percent more testosterone flowing through their bodies in June than in January.”
And since men are the ones who are usually the ones blessed with the privilege of making the first move, in most regular dating situations, this increase in testosterone should lead to more first dates, right?
Well, according to some data provided by our friends at Zoosk, an online dating site, apparently: yes.
By comparing the data of Zoosk’s US members from the first two weeks of spring to that of a month prior, there is conclusive evidence that shows 'Spring Fever' truly does exist in the world of online dating.
Statistics show 34 percent more first messages are sent daily in the spring.
While this number isn’t solely referring to the amount of first messages sent by males during the spring, it would certainly make sense that this spike in flirting is – at least somewhat – encouraged by the spike in male hormones.
In like manner, statistics also showed there was a 28 percent increase in “deep” conversations during the spring.
According to Zoosk, deep conversations were considered to be any discussion that resulted in more than two messages by each user.
While it remains to be seen how “deep” any of these convos truly were, it does show people were more open to at least court new dating opportunities.
Finally, statistics revealed an 11 percent increase in daily registrations for Zoosk in the spring – and this statistic may, in fact, be the most telling.
I mean, apart from showing how lazy single Americans might be, it also shows where their head’s were at during the spring months.
While they might not be ready to go hit the bar and schmooze with new people face to face, at least they’re hitting the online dating circuit to start playing the field.
I don’t blame them, truthfully; baseball players aren’t the only ones shaking off the wintertime cobwebs.
A separate study, conducted by Nicolas Guéguen and his team of scientists at the University of South Brittany in France, supported this idea of heightened flirting during the summer.
According to Taylor and Francis, on Science Daily, “It was found that women were more receptive to being approached and flirted with – and giving out their phone numbers – on sunny days: over a fifth – 22.4 percent – of women did so when the sun was out, as opposed to 13.9 percent on the cloudy days.”
So, uhhh, if you’re reading this article on the train or at a coffee shop – this is your cue to “x” out and ask her for her number.