I’ll admit that my wedding ring wearing habits have changed since the pandemic. These days, I only wear mine for a handful hours at a time and only for certain events—when I go into the office (about once a week) or for dinner with a friend or date night with my spouse.
Maybe it’s the fact that I now largely work from home. Maybe it’s the fact that my engagement band has gotten just a tiny bit too snug, especially on humid days. But whatever the cause, when my parents—who are nearing 50 years of marriage—recently shared that they had to have their rings cut off their fingers to be resized, I felt the smallest bit of shame: Is it odd that I often don’t even have mine on?
I was also curious: Is my ringless habit indicative of a larger trend? Do other couples need a special occasion to parade their rings around town? Or are they wearing their bands 24/7, and I’m the weirdo?
And so, I polled 1,000 PureWow readers to find out. A whopping 65 percent (nearly 650 respondents, all married women) shared that their ring-wearing habits have been impacted by the pandemic, with many reporting that they’re wearing their rings based on occasion instead of setting-and-forgetting.