The Pear Ring Is The Social Experiment That Aims To Kill Off Dating Apps For Good

If you’re single and actively dating, you know just how frustrating it can be trying to meet someone. Online dating is king when it comes to finding a potential partner, but it’s full of so much toxicity and so few legitimate relationship prospects that it’s downright depressing. That’s where the Pear Ring hopes to change things, and if it’s successful, it could just revamp dating for the better. (And before we go any further, this isn’t sponsored in any way — we legitimately think it’s a cool product people should know about.)

What is the Pear Ring?

The Pear Ring isn’t just a piece of jewelry — though it is that, at its core — it’s also being billed as “the world’s biggest social experiment.” How’s that, you ask? Well, by wearing the teal ring, you send the message to the world that you’re single and open to being chatted up by a sexy stranger. You never know, you might just meet the love of your life this way.

Of course, the Pear Ring does have its limitations. The most obvious one is that unless they know about the experiment, they won’t know what the ring means and take it as a hint to spark up a conversation. And since it’s relatively new and not widespread just yet, there’s a pretty big chance you could still miss out on some great dating possibilities (unless, of course, you initiate them). Still, given that the first batch of rings sold out pretty much immediately (and the second batch is already 91% gone), there’s clearly a huge demand and a big desire for change in the dating world.

Could a ring really kill off dating apps?

Many of us don’t remember a time before dating apps. So, we can’t imagine not using them as the primary way to find people to go out with. However, the more popular apps like Hinge and Tinder have become, the more of a nightmare they’ve turned into for single people who want a real relationship. Ghosting is pretty much a foregone conclusion. So are catfishing, commitmentphobia, and unsolicited dick pics. That’s not to say that dating disasters can’t happen with people you meet IRL. However, at least you waste a lot less time that way. Pear Ring claims it can help with that, and the company’s certainly on the right track.

The idea is to wear your “single ring” pretty much everywhere. Whether you’re going grocery shopping, to the gym, or out to the bar on a Saturday night, the teal jewelry will stand out and hopefully invite others who know its meaning to come over and chat. No need to swipe endlessly to find someone who seems halfway decent. Instead, you can connect face-to-face. That’s something Pear Ring says is desperately needed.

“If 1.2 billion singles around the world wore a little green ring on their finger to show they’re single, we wouldn’t need dating apps. IRL connection is the mission,” the company says in its mission statement.

Pear Ring was launched in the UK but the company ships worldwide. For £19.99 (about $) you get a ring with free shipping, an invite to something called PearFest, which is apparently “the world’s biggest singles festival,” as well as invites to events in your city, should there be any. Is it the key to finding your future spouse? Maybe not, but at this point, anything’s worth a try.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill