As everyone finishes up the last question on those dreaded finals, graduating seniors turn their tassels from right to left and everyone simultaneously gears up for another summer of long nights, beautiful sun filled beaches and the much anticipated Memorial Day weekend. It seems as though this is the perfect formula for an intimate connection.
One thing missing, the right girl or guy.
“I am more willing to meet people during warmer months. Personally, I prefer my summer wardrobe and feel more attractive in it so I tend to feel more attractive during the summer. Ironically, a lot of my past relationships began in the colder months. I’m not really sure why that is.”
-Elizabeth Augustin, Molloy College Student
For some reason it is usually easier or more natural to connect with others as the weather begins to heat up. What most people don’t know, is that vitamin D which is naturally given off by daily exposure to sunlight is received more by people as the weather gets nicer since people are outside more. Often times doctors are known to even prescribe vitamin D supplements to patients feeling sad during winter months or throughout the year. This dose of joy from the sun in summer months sets the proper atmosphere for sparks to fly on still, cloud-free, summer nights and can prove to be the best influence on making your next relationship blossom.
“Personally, I think that summer romances are easier in a lot of ways because of a less busy schedule and the lack of inhibitions that summer months are known for. There’s a certain easiness about them that comes along with the beautiful weather and the openness to experience new things. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that clothes come off easier and there’s more of a willingness to stay out until long after the sun has gone down. In any case, while I personally don’t see a difference in meeting people during this season, I see how it could have an effect. People go out more, plain and simple. One of my most memorable relationships started as a summer fling and blossomed into something else. Maybe it was the summer heat, the carefree attitudes, or the lifestyle in general. All I know is that it was passionate and it made sense. I mean, cuddling in the winter months is perfect, but partaking in summer time adventures is so much more exciting!”
-Suzanne Elizabeth, Stony Brook University Student
Although most people are a lot more uninhibited, don’t expect to fall in love with every person you meet or even find the man or woman of your dreams this summer. Keep your expectations low but be ready to mingle, that’s the best way to avoid getting your feelings hurt and still have a good time.
“I’m more likely to meet people and date people during warmer months. For one thing, there are more people on the streets of New York for me to approach. Prospective suitors are also more likely to come out to the bars, clubs, and to gay spaces, so the opportunity to meet folks is a lot more favorable for me. The majority of the guys I’ve dated have definitely been during the summer months. It isn’t a preference to date during a particular season, but during warmer months I find the possibility of dating and meeting people that much more available.”
-Manny Martinez, Columbia University Student
“I’m not trying to speak for all guys but most do go off of the physical and needless to say during warmer months less clothing is required and more skin (and/or cleavage) is shown. And while it is hard to concentrate and converse with soaking wet females at a place like the beach it is far more plausible then it would be in a crowded restaurant or movie theater in the winter. Further more the environment in the spring and summer are typically more social so one would be less reluctant to approach a female. I am more open to the idea of meeting people when the weather is nice and inviting because frankly put; the women are jollier.“
So, this summer, go all out! Indulge in risky behavior with strangers, wear more revealing clothes, talk to more people at the bar, go out with your friends rather than staying in, and stay out all hours of the night but remember not to lose your mind or your dignity. Though we are young, these decisions we make now stay with us forever and so do the psychological effects of emotionless sex.
By J.R. Yussuf