The Size Of Your Pointer And Ring Fingers Can Reveal Way More Than You Know
Take a peek at your pointer and ring fingers. Which one is longer?
According to a new study, if your pointer (aka your index) finger is longer than your ring finger, you're likely to be less coordinated and bad at sports (maybe this is why you were always picked last in gym class), but you're probably better at verbal memory tasks.
On the other hand (sorry), if your ring finger is longer, you're probably less anxious, better at visualizing 3D objects rotating and have more athletic abilities.
Why? Well, it all has to do with testosterone.
Scientists have known for a while that index fingers that are longer than ring fingers are a result of higher exposure to testosterone in the womb. Conversely, ring fingers that are longer than index fingers are a result of higher exposure to estrogen.
The amount of testosterone exposure in the womb is also linked to an increased risk of developing diseases like ADHD, autism and Tourette's, which are more common in men.
So, if you suffer from any of these diseases, your fingers could have been giving you a clue all this time.
Here's an example of an index finger that's longer than a ring finger:
This woman's fingers signify she was exposed to higher testosterone levels in the womb, and therefore, she probably sucks at basketball and will never be like Mike.
And here's an example of a ring finger that's longer than an index finger:
This woman's fingers signify she was exposed to more estrogen in the womb, and therefore, she is better at sports than the woman above and will most likely challenge her to a game of HORSE later today.
(Note: These hands belong to two of my female co-workers.)
Another recent study carried out by psychologists at Oxford University and Northumbria University examined the hands of 600 men and women in the US to find a link between sexual habits and hand shape (this includes finger length).
They found if you're one of those special people with ring and index fingers that are the same length, you're probably more faithful in relationships.
(Pro tip for people with hands like this: Put a picture of your fingers on your Tinder profile to prove you're not a cheater.)
Researchers found that even though hormone exposure can't really predict the behavior and personality of everyone, you can probably tell by looking at someone's hands whether or not they're promiscuous.
But I guess there's more to figure out when looking at someone's digits.