Summer Lovin' -- Fact or Fiction?
You’ve probably heard phases such as "summer lovin'" or "hot summer romance". Are these phrases backed-up by science or are they just cute little sayings that make fun songs in musicals? Most animals have a mating season, which is usually fall or spring, but humans are different. We can have sex, get pregnant, and have children anytime of the year we want. Therefore, you might wonder if spring and summer really affect our dating or sex life?
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It turns out, the weather does have an affect, but maybe not in the way it influences other animals. Researchers at the University of South Brittany decided to test the effect environmental factors have on our dating behavior, specifically sunshine. Other studies have shown that sunshine makes people more likely to help strangers or answer a survey. People also tend to leave a bigger tip on sunny days. Does sunshine have an influence on how we interact with the opposite sex?
Scientists discovered that when a man flirts with a woman, he is more likely to have a positive outcome on a sunny day. On a cloud-free day, women were more receptive to being approached and flirted with. The study also found (gentlemen you might want to pay attention here) that a woman is more likely to give out her phone number on a sunny day – 22.4% on a sunny day, as opposed to 13.9% on a cloudy day. Since spring and summer tend to have the most sunny days, it would make since that we would see an increase in seduction success.
If you are one of those guys that keep striking out in the phone number procurement department, you might want to consider a move. Moving from someplace like Syracuse, New York (where I use to live) with the average of 63 sunny days per year to someplace like Yuma, Arizona with 242 sunny days per year, will increase your chances of getting a woman's phone number by 74%. That might, in turn, increase your chances for those oh oh oh su-mmm-mer ni-ghts.
The best fun always happens in the discussion. So, please leave your thoughts in the comment section. And, come back next week, for another look at the science of love.