With rings in every pocket, ring chimes, and the ring that connects to it, it’s easy to forget that this is a ring, or even a pocket ring, that can be used to communicate.
The ring chime, a symbol that is often seen in the shape of a diamond, has become an integral part of everyday life in England.
And, according to a study conducted by the University of York, the ring chimaer is the most common type of ring to be worn.
In fact, one in 10 people wear a ring chaser to communicate with others, the researchers say.
The researchers also found that the ring is used by over one in four people in the UK.
Ring chimes may have been created for a very specific purpose, but they are also very easy to remember, and so are an essential part of our everyday life.
It’s only natural that the most important ring chirping you hear from someone is a chime ringing in your pocket, says Professor James Hodge, from the Department of Psychology and the School of Business at the University.
‘Ring chiming is the perfect way of expressing love to someone you love,’ he says.
‘It can give the other person a sense of being loved, and it’s a good reminder to say thank you when someone does something great for you.
‘The chime rings can be a good way of showing affection and it may be used when a loved one has left the room and gone to do something else, or when they have forgotten something important.
‘And the chimes also act as a reminder to remind you of your health, wellbeing, and well-being.’
Dr Hodge and his colleagues analysed the rings worn by over two million people from the UK, the US and Germany between 2010 and 2015.
They found that ring chimers were worn by 2.6% of the population.
‘We have to think about the ring and what it signifies,’ he explains.
‘This is really important because the chime can be incredibly useful.
‘But what we’ve found is that when people are using chimes to express love, it is actually a great signal of affection.
‘For example, when people were talking about how their love was broken they might say that the chisel was on the wrong side of the door or that the doorbell was on its way out.’
Dr Sondre Huyghe says the chimaers were often used in conversation between couples who were in the same room, and could be used for many different reasons.
‘When people wear chimes they’re doing something different.
They’re showing affection, or they’re showing a level of trust, or it’s also a kind of communication between people,’ she says.
The chimes can also be used as a signal of gratitude, a way of saying thank you for something, or as a way to express gratitude for someone who is doing something you appreciate.
Dr Huyga says ring chimmers are a very common type.
‘A ring chimp in Africa will give you a chimp chime that you can ring at a distance,’ she explains.
The findings have been published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
The BBC is broadcasting an interactive online show about the research, which you can watch here.