Is spring likely the mating season? The period which extends from March 20 to June 21 is in any case conducive to new encounters if we are to believe the effects of the return of good times on our metabolism.
A beneficial cocktail of chemical molecules
With the return of the sunny days, the body is indeed undergoing a series of chemical and biological changes that affect our relationship with ourselves, others and the way it perceives us.
Many people are sensitive to light all year round: less motivated in winter, they redouble their energy once the sunny days have returned. While not everyone sees such a noticeable result, exposure to daylight has a real effect on everyone. In particular, it stimulates the production of serotonin, the “happiness hormone”. Spring therefore often corresponds to a more increased production of this neurotransmitter which regulates some of our behaviors such as mood, emotionality or anxiety. Far from being a miracle molecule, serotonin still provides you with the weapons to face everyday life without stress, nervousness, anger or anxiety. A peaceful mind therefore, which facilitates meetings!
Spring is also often the time when we resume or increase physical activity, the main source of the secretion of endorphins, the chemical molecule responsible for physical pleasure which is also active during sexual activity.
Finally, the rising temperatures often allow us to reveal ourselves more: we bring out the lighter clothes and we put the sweaters, scarves and hats in the cupboards. The skin, exposed to the sun, releases endorphins and pheromones.
The latter, true messengers between two individuals, influence the perception that others have of us. Sexual attraction and attractiveness are linked to it. Men thus experience an increase in their testosterone level, the hormone responsible for sexual desire, in the presence of women during ovulation. As for women, a study from the University of Birmingham in 1980 showed that they were attracted to places where men’s perspiration had previously been applied.
In the spring: dating, flirting and flirting
However, is great love hiding behind one of your spring encounters?
Several dating sites and applications are indeed experiencing an increase in attendance between April and June. The Once application has indeed seen an upturn in activity which translates into more chat conversations (+ 20% approximately) and longer exchanges (approximately + 14%).
Nothing is less certain about the sustainability of the relationships started at this time of year. The months from May to August are those when Facebook sees the most change in status from “In a Relationship” to “Single” on user profiles. The spring which ends on June 21 is followed by the summer, which remains, as we know, the season of fleeting stories and vacation loves. “The summer months are bad for relationships,” Facebook Data Science concludes.
Autumn: “THE” real love season?
What remains after the good days have passed? Romanticism of course! Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology found in a study published in 2011 that wintery weather makes us more susceptible to romance. The cause is again biological since it would be the neurons which react in a compensatory way to the grayness. It is not the followers of cocooning who will contradict us: autumn and winter are the seasons of comfort, attachment, moments spent together …
In addition, figures from INSEE indicate that the months with the most births are between May and October. The peak is reached in July and August, i.e. babies that were conceived in November and December.