The twitterspheres collective mind has been blown by the sudden discovery that those irritating plastic bits on the back of earrings can in fact be taken off. The original tweet has been retweeted over 44,000 times as others have suddenly caught on to the fact.
Their presence has been a constant enigma to most. It can be hard to distinguish whether they’re important to the structure of the earring or not. As a couple people have pointed out.
Reasons given for their existence ranges from stopping the earring from stabbing into you, mitigating accidental loss, and stability. Remove them at your own risk.