Do you spend time looking at your spouse’s fingers? No? Well I do. Or at least I did.
A recent study suggested finger length could determine how nice men were to women.
Apparently, the ratio between a man’s ring finger and index finger is related to the amount of androgen exposure he received in utero. In other words, the longer his ring finger is compared to his index finger, the more male hormones he enjoyed as a fetus.
Of the men studied, those whose ring fingers more closely matched their index fingers in length were nicer to women. According to the study’s author: “When with women, men with smaller ratios were more likely to listen attentively, smile and laugh, compromise or compliment the other person.”
As for those whose ring finger was much longer? Well, ladies, don’t expect praise anytime soon.*
As if that wasn’t trouble enough, the article linked to yet another study that suggested the longer the ring finger compared to the index finger, the more likely a person was to be promiscuous.
Upon reading this news, I abandoned my laptop and scurried over to Mr. Rubin who was drying a pot in the kitchen (that should have been my first clue). Plucking his hand out of the dishtowel, I plopped it on the counter. This is what I found:
Phew! What a relief. We’re good to go, folks.
But then my husband, wise man that he is, splayed his other hand on the counter. That’s when I saw this:
Hmm, we seemed to be in a bit of a finger pickle.
But before I chastised him, I decided to check my own digits.
And this is what I found:
Perhaps I’ll just stay quiet, after all…
What’s your finger ratio?
*Of course, I jest. A study is just a study and should be interpreted with common sense.
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