Here's why women have started wearing engagement rings on their pinky finger

Here's why women have started wearing engagement rings on their pinky finger

There are three things millennials love: man-buns, avocados and staying single for as long as possible.

Marriage used to be considered a lot more important. If you look at your parents' generation, or your grandparents' generation, man, those people are old! What a bunch of geezers! They probably don't even know how to plank! Also, they got married early in life. There was a lot of societal pressure on them to tie the knot, for better or for worse.

Sure, today's generation still fusses over weddings and engagement photos, but they're in no hurry to walk down the aisle. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, barely half of U.S. adults are married - a record low. Meanwhile, the medium age for getting married is at a record high. For men, it's at age 27. For women, it's at age 29. There's an understanding that after high school, you'll take a decade to enjoy your single life, and find your soulmate. Then, when you can't find your soulmate, you panic that you're going to die alone, and settle for whoever schlub says yes on Tinder.

You know you're getting old when you meet someone new, and check their fingers for an engagement ring. (Well, either that or you have a weird finger fetish. But hey, no judging here.) And if you're browsing lady-digits on the reg', you might have noticed something odd: A lot of women are wearing engagement rings on their pinky fingers.

What does this mysterious pinky ring mean? Does it mean she's engaged to a really short guy? Or does it mean she's just a big Pinky and the Brain fan? (If you were a 90's kid, you'd understand).

Actually, the pinky ring represents self-love. No, not that kind of self-love. Get your mind out of the gutter. This is a family website. Sicko. The ring represents loving yourself - not to the extent of being selfish,  of course. It's just important to love who you are, first of all, in order to live a happy life.

The ring even comes with a "pinky promise." The jewelry website Fred And Far created the ring, and describes the pledge as follows:

"Make a pinky promise to choose yourself, honor yourself, and remember yourself on a daily basis...Harness the power of the Divine Feminine by wearing her symbol, the upside down triangle. Each ring comes with our pinky promise pledge card so you can make your commitment official."

"Buy our ring, or you hate yourself!" That's a pretty ingenuous marketing strategy. But really, it is a good message. You should always value yourself, even if sometimes, it feels like society doesn't value you.

So, there you have it. Female pinky rings explained. I cannot explain romp-hims, though. So don't even ask.