Would you wear a wristband for single people?

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Everybody knows that old dating theory around bananas and the supermarket, right? That is, if you put bananas in your basket on a Saturday night you’re not merely picking up a neat little package of potassium and health but in fact, you’re signalling that you’re looking for love and open to being picked up in the dairy aisle. But what if you put the bananas in the basket on the wrong day? What if you hate bananas? What if you’re married and just feel like eating a gosh darned banana? The whole thing is problematic. Couldn’t there be an easier way to see if someone was ripe for the picking? (sorry, sorry) that goes beyond banana buying and/or peering into someone’s shopping basket for single serve chicken breasts and blocks of sad and lonely chocolate? According to Danish-British couple and entrepreneurs Rina Mardahl and Rob Young, they’ve created it. Presenting ... MY Single Bands. That is, a collection of silicone wristbands in seven colours and three sizes (suitable for all single wrist sizes!) that signals to colleagues, passersby and fellow supermarket shoppers that you’re single and available.

Just like an engagement or wedding ring, they were designed to make it easier to display your relationship status at Friday night drinks. As the couple told The Daily Mail, they believe the wristbands, embossed with words like fate, future or destiny (we’ll get back to this) will “increase new encounters, lower the fear of first introductions, and suit busy modern lifestyles.” The couple, who met on hols on the Spanish island of Lanzarote also said, “how many people must miss out on meeting their soul mate by not saying the first hi.”

How many indeed! And it is an excellent idea in theory, anything that makes the dating scene easier is surely a boon. Why, here are some fun singles modelling them.

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But would you wear one? For one thing, as The Cut pointed out, Lance Armstrong kind of ruined silicone wristbands for everyone. Also, is someone wearing a wristband with the word destiny written on it really going to tickle your fancy? Is it not a bit like a being on a date that is going swimmingly only to have them roll up their sleeves to reveal a tattoo in Chinese lettering that probably/maybe says something like ‘be peaceful’ or ‘happiness’ (or Eddie Vedder). Or befriending someone on social media and finding out that they post inspirational quotes, all the time. Catastrophic turn-off. Right?

I’m all for putting oneself out there when looking for love, but as some of the more unkind commenter’s on The Daily Mail pointed out (actually is there any other breed?), isn’t wearing a wristband with your single status on it a bit ... desperate?

Maybe instead of spending ten bucks on a slightly ugly silicone wristband you should take the risk of striking up a conversation with the handsome gentleman with the bananas in his basket whether he's wearing a wristband or not. Worst case he’s already got someone to eat bananas with, best case is to have no regrets about so-called, highly marketable “missed opportunities”.  

17 comments so far

  • Sounds like it's for people that read The Secret.

    Commenter
    Bender
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 10:23AM
    • Wouldn't work. For a man, it would immediately make you look like don't care who you sleep with that night, as long as it happens. Which even if true, and both parties know it, can never be pointed out directly.

      For a woman, it would be a signal of interest to all men that she is up for being approached, and not just to the couple she may actually want to be approached by.
      If there was one that indicated 'I'm single and up for meeting someone tonight, but it definitely isn't you, you disgusting creep', you may have a market.

      Commenter
      Markus
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 10:24AM
      • Sure - I'd wear one. Ditch the ridiculous "Future" or "Destiny" bit. And maybe make it a ring rather than a wristband. A simple band; silver with a coloured band across the middle of the ring: Blue: Male, looking for female. Yellow: Male looking for male, Pink: Female looking for male. Orange: Female looking for female.
        Could be to something here....

        Commenter
        DT
        Date and time
        August 22, 2013, 10:55AM
        • So a couple, who met on a Spanish island without the aid of wristbands (or bananas!) is now flogging a how-to-hook-up wristband;

          Anyone else spot the "Do as I $ay, not as I do" hypocrisy in this?

          And while we are at it, let's be honest: the people on that linked webpage a) are not likely to be single and b) if they are, probably don't need a wristband to get people to start chatting them up...

          Commenter
          Aqualung
          Location
          Sitting on a park bench, with some bananas....
          Date and time
          August 22, 2013, 11:21AM
          • Wow not buying banana's on a Saturday evening - that's what I've been doing wrong all this time. I guess I'll be heading to coles on Saturday - do you think I should leave the kids at home with "I'm just going out to get some bananas, I'll be back in the morning"?

            Commenter
            M
            Date and time
            August 22, 2013, 11:34AM
            • Then what's the difference from wearing a wedding ring?! Easy slipped on easy slipped off!
              Most men say the don't wear one because of their employment, such as a carpenter , where the ring can be a hazard! So take it off and put it back on when not working!

              A *single* bracelet.....I don't think it'll catch on! Although the desperate and dateless ball worked!

              Commenter
              stnc
              Location
              St Peters
              Date and time
              August 22, 2013, 12:02PM
              • I'm currently happily married but if I were single I'd be open to wearing one. Obviously I'd restrict it to scenarios where I wouldn't mind encountering someone to chat up. I'd certainly not be wearing it at work, just seems a bit unprofessional (kind of like having an all too prominent Eddie Vedder Tattoo while trying to deliver a presentation to colleagues). Also there are other settings where it seems a little inappropriate. For example I'd not wear one to the opera but I would wear one to the movies. I don't mind if people think I'm only going to the movies to try to score a date but I'd come across as a bit shallow and desperate doing it at the opera.

                Also the proposal that everyone should go chat up whoever catches one's eye is fine and good for people who have absolutely no fear of rejection and would not experience the least embarrassment talking up strangers who were already attached but I suspect only the most extroverted of extroverts would fit that category.

                It'd be especially useful in situations where you go out with a group of friends and to strangers there's ambiguity if one of your friends is your boyfriend/girlfriend. You might be getting asked out considerably more often if not for all those potential dates deciding not to take the risk of offending someone who might be your boyfriend etc.

                The problem of course is that advertising your single status in such a way give some losers the impression you're easy/desperate. If the wrist band turns into a universal loser magnet we're just going to have to cope with the old fashioned way of approaching people.

                Commenter
                Vayor
                Date and time
                August 22, 2013, 1:07PM
                • Yeah sure, why not.
                  But why stop there? Why not herd us all into ghettos? Can't have us mingling with the married population and defiling the purity of their sacred life choices.

                  Commenter
                  V00D00
                  Date and time
                  August 22, 2013, 2:34PM
                  • I wouldn't wear a wristband, because I don't like how they look.

                    I do however, wear a Claddagh ring. If I was single, I'd probably turn it around the other way.

                    Using jewelry to proclaim one's single status is hardly a new idea.

                    Commenter
                    Sweet Sister Morphine
                    Date and time
                    August 22, 2013, 2:42PM
                    • Yes, am single, but am not that desperate yet...!

                      Commenter
                      G
                      Location
                      Sydney
                      Date and time
                      August 22, 2013, 2:58PM

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