As John Travolta and Olivia Newton John sang to us in Grease, summer is the time for getting it on. Now scientists are backing up what every teenager seems to get by osmosis: there is a seasonality to sex, with summer the hottest time of the year.
The findings are based on Google searches for terms related to porn and dating. Scientists at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and at Rutgers University in New Jersey compared the frequency with which people searched for titillating terms with those of more neutral searches, and found sexy searches peaked in the summer, followed closely by late December.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure why things heat up at those times, but here at MiddleSexy we hypothesize that spiking seasonal sex is the result of more bared skin (summer) coupled with more leisure time (summer and end-of-the-year holidays.)
“Summer is when all the breasts come out of their winter hibernation,” says one of my male friends. “How could you not think about sex when everyone is suddenly wearing really low-cut tops?”
His wife says she gets it too. “All those bodies on display at the beach, in restaurants, walking down the street. Of course it is going to make you hot.”
More evidence can be found in related items that get a boost during July, August and December. Condom sales usually increase during the summer and around the holidays in December. Annual beer sales peak around the 4th of July and have another prime selling time near the end of the year. And lots of our single friends hit dating sites hard in the warm months and in December, saying they’d like to find a mate to share their summer and holiday vacations.
This great 1968 song from The Zombies says it all:
“It’s the time of the season
When love runs high
In this time, give it to me easy
And let me try with pleasured hands
(To take you in the sun to) Promised lands
(To show you every one)
It’s the time of the season for loving”