Here's more about "Silver Ring Thing" which is the group behind these rings.
wikipedia wrote:Silver Ring Thing is a United States-based sexual abstinence program which encourages young adults to remain celibate until marriage. Based on conservative Christian theology and until recently funded by the U.S. federal government, SRT uses rock concert-style events in an attempt to appeal to 21st century teenagers.
SRT events feature high-energy music, club-style lighting and sound, music videos, sketch comedy, and a faith-based abstinence message. During the gathering, participants commit to a vow of sexual abstinence until marriage by purchasing rings.
Shortly before the end of the show, they receive their silver rings inscribed with Bible verses, which are usually worn on the third finger of the left hand. The verse is First Thessalonians 4:3-4 and it states "God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor." The rings are tokens of their vow, a reminder of their decision to remain celibate. The rings also are a way to signal to others that they are pledged to celibacy. After they put on their rings, they take a vow to remain abstinent.
While it sounds noble, encouraging kids to remain abstinent until marriage is absolutely horrible advice in my opinion.
1) What percentage of people actually wait until they're married to have sex? What you're asking these kids to do is limit their potential spouses to those people who are also willing to wait until marriage before they have sex. This GREATLY reduces the amount of potential mates, making the odds of finding true love and happiness that much harder. What right does anybody have to ask this of them?
2) What if you find out after a night/week/month/year that you're not sexually compatible with the other person? What are your options? Get a divorce or remain sexually frustrated your entire life? Being sexually compatible is a HUGE part of being married. How can you ask these kids to leave such a big part of marriage up to chance? How unfair is that?
Don't get me wrong. I think encouraging children to remain abstinent is a great idea, but carrying that philosophy over into adulthood is just plain irresponsible, IMO.