Looking for love? Unofficial start of “dating off-season” begins

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EDMOND, Okla – Unofficially, the beginning of November marks the start of the “dating off-season.”

The leaves are changing, meaning the holiday season is just around the corner.

Some feel love is in the air this time of year.

Others say dating someone new from November to February might not be such a good idea.

Lane Murphy, a student at UCO, said, “For girls, it’s lovey dovey. They want the gifts and they want the walk through the park with the Christmas lights but I think the guys go running.”

However, many say this time of year goes beyond the gifts.

It also is a time spent with each others families, which can be a hard time for a new couple, especially if you are not sure how long the relationship will last.

Dodging presents and family meals might be an easy way out for some.

For others, the idea of finding someone over the holidays intensifies as joy fills the air.

Raylee Woodward, another UCO student, said, “I always thought the winter was kind of cuddle season. It’s kind of when you want someone to be with.”

Ben Thompson, a local therapist, said, “It’s a myth for some and it’s a truth for others.”

Thompson said people should trust their instincts and if it is the right person, take advantage of the season.

He said, “There’s a lot of stuff to do and it’s probably pretty easy to come up with date ideas.”

Murphy said in the end, it all boils down to following your heart.

Murphy said, “If it feels right, then go for it. If not, then run because you’re going to waste a lot of money.”

The unofficial “off-dating season” is said to end the day after Valentine’s Day.

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