Roaring fires, falling snow... of course the holidays are a great time for romance...you know, the kind that spikes birth rates nine months later. While the conventional wisdom is that the cold weather and long, dark nights lead to people having more sex for biological reasons, scientists recently set out to figure out if maybe the festive season also has a hand in getting people going.
A new study in Scientific Reports posits that it isn't just the weather that puts people in the mood—it's the holidays. Rather than an evolutionary drive to mate during colder temperatures, there's something social about the holidays that causes a spike in people's sex drive.
Using search data from around the world, researchers were able to parse out if an increased interest in sex rised with the temperature. When looking at predominantly Christian countries, researchers noticed a spike in "sex-related searches" around Christmas in both the northern and southern hemispheres. They also noted a jump in searches in majority Muslim countries around Eid-al-Fitr, a holiday that marks the end of Ramadan and is observed during different times of the year, according to the lunar calendar.
While the study doesn't get into the why of it all, Luis Rocha, co-lead author of the study, thinks it may have to do with holiday joy (awwwwww). "We can only speculate right now, but it may be that when people are feeling happier and less anxious—at the end of the year and around the holidays, in this case—they are more likely to think about starting a family." Other theories include:
- Being surrounded by babies kicking of maternal and paternal instincts.
- Single people feeling extra lonely and seeking solace in each other.
- Boozy holiday parties lowering inhibitions.
- Ugly sweaters are a natural conversation starter, so even the most awkward among us can break the ice (theory is this writer's own, based off of years of personal experience)
This is one particular article where I will not ask you to weigh in in the comments, but it's a free country.
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