We’ve all heard of the phrase “Summer Romance” – they’re heavily played on in fiction and in the movies especially among teenagers who go on holiday with their family, young adults who take their first solo trip and of course: people are more active on dating websites and apps. We’re more likely to seek out love in the Summer, and we also seem to find it easier. Why is this?
Looking at it from a personal point of view, I’m happier in the Summer. It’s my favourite season of the year and I generally feel lighter mentally, I crave the hot days because those are the ones that I feel the most “me” in – so it makes sense that throughout the season I feel the most myself and the most happy, finding love would be easier and more fruitful.
Of course, my relationship began during the Christmas period, but we’d spent the entire Summer flirting, being exclusive and generally having a good time together, I felt happy and things were going incredibly smoothly. It was a good Summer too, we had heatwaves and I spent a week in Spain, I was eager to get on Skype with and text my partner and everything came naturally to us.
When I look at the bigger picture though, I feel like people in general are more likely to be accepting of love and finding a relationship, dating and hooking up throughout the Summer because it’s also easier to find somewhere, a date at the pub over a pint isn’t tacky, it’s ideal, you don’t want to spend your date in a piping hot cinema or walking through a sweaty shopping center, we’re more chill and relaxed when we can take things slow, sit down and chat over a drink.
Because of the need to find love throughout the summer, adult dating sites are more active, it’s easier to sit scrolling when everyone is looking and feeling like their best selves and because of the more social nature of the Summer season, logging into websites such as Match.com, datenaughtysingles.co.uk, Tinder and all those other dating sites feels more exciting.
I know a lot of people who used dating websites throughout the Summer and have been in long term relationships thanks to it, although I’ve never personally dipped my toe into it because well, I haven’t had to nor have I felt the need to, I always find myself advocating for dating online. Perhaps it’s because although I didn’t find my partner through a dating website, we did meet online, perhaps it’s because I’m another typical twenty something who feels the need to do everything online or maybe, it’s because I know these sites work. People do find love.
I’ve found myself wondering and feeling curious about love more than ever lately, and yes relationships are complex and unique to each individual, what works for one person may not work for another, but I do feel like we can all agree on the fact that we feel more open and willing to get out the house on a hot day, going out on a date doesn’t feel like a chore and the “It’s freezing but I want to look cute,” dilemma doesn’t exist.
Overall: Summer dating is just more convenient for everyone, we’re happier, able to be boring yet it’s the most fun and there’s a lot less pressure.