This question came to mind today, when we were busy with this serious business. People tend to wear less clothes and socialize more in warm weather, so do people have more sex during the summer?
Indeed, as the season fast approaches, talk about flings and romantic things of the like — summer lovin’, or something — abounds.
So we chatted briefly with Dr. Janice Epp, dean of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, to see what’s up.
What did she have to say?
“There isn’t any research that there’s any difference,” Epp said of the seasons.
“What might be so New York might not be so in Miami. [But] it used to be that thousands and thousands of years ago, when we were primarily agricultural and living off the land in prehistoric times, obviously weather affected peoples’ sexuality.”
“People living in climates with very little sunlight, what did people have to do? They could sit around the campfire and tell stories, or they could go into their tent and have sex.”
Anyway, some studies have indicated that there’s a peak in human sexual activity right around Christmas, as well as a lesser upswing during the summer vacation. These shifts might be more likely due to our responses to psychological stimuli, not physiological ones. They appear more events-based than seasonal — one stat traced the trend both to holiday hookups and students celebrating the end of their school terms.
There’s also a higher likelihood of people engaging in unprotected sex during these periods. However, in the U.S., most babies are apparently conceived from November to January.
Also worth noting: as detailed by the Daily Beast, “Nearly twice as many people have turned down offers of sex because the temperature was too high than have turned down offers of sex because the temperature was too low.” Thirty-five percent of people cited by a study said they’d passed on sex at one point because it was too hot, whereas 19 percent said ‘no’ because of the cold.
So, to answer the question, it doesn’t look like summer lovin’ is necessarily a thing.
Sexual patterns vary drastically, but a season-conception correlation can definitely be demonstrated with births.
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