Are You Mean And Likely To Cheat? Just Ask Your Fingers

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.

He looks like a keeper. (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

He looks like a keeper. (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

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.

Say what?

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:

mikes hand 1 doc

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:

mikes hand two doc

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:

Carries hand with sheldon

 

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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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of The Seneca Scourgea medical thriller. For full bio, click here.    

228 Responses to “Are You Mean And Likely To Cheat? Just Ask Your Fingers”

  1. Exile on Pain Street

    What a crock. I’m going to toss this on the ash heap along with feng shui and Yeti. It’s fine if it’s all in good fun but I think there are folks out there who might actually take this stuff seriously. Three cheers for the internet.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Cynic much? 😉

      I suspect it started somewhere with a finding that a longer ring finger was associated with a higher in utero androgen exposure, and I think that’s reasonable. But whether it can be stretched to these findings seems iffy. It would be interesting to see if the results were replicated in repeat, high-quality studies. But it seems funding dollars could be put to better use!

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  2. Jilanne Hoffmann

    I think this calls for a double blind clinical trial…..

    My left ring finger is super long because it and its accompanying middle finger were slammed into the hinge side of a door when I was five. We were running out the door and to the car in the rain. My father was behind me, pushing me toward the car, not realizing that my hand was stuck in the between the door a and the doorjamb. So he’s pushing, and I’m saying “I can’t run. My hand’s stuck.” Suffice to say, both of my fingernails were crushed and needed to be pulled off in the ER. The bone at the tip of the ring finger was actually broken. It made my reach playing the violin a bit better, in the long run. 😀 But that finger is definitely quite a bit longer than its right hand counterpart. Will have to find my husband and measure his fingers. Stay tuned….

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  3. Shel Harrington

    I, of course, immediately ran over and grabbed my husband’s hands to see if his fingers measured up. I excitedly announced that his finger measurements were consistent with his kind treatment of women. Based on his reaction (somewhat inconsistent with the findings, by the way) I shouldn’t have waken him up to tell him about it.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Haha, yes, probably best to wait until our hubs are up and moving. And maybe had their caffeine. Glad he measures up!

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  4. diannegray

    My left hand is very naughty, but my right is okay. Maybe I’ve got a split personality. I’ll have to wait for Mr Gray to get home and then I’ll be grabbing his hands (hmmm, I think he’ll like that) 😉

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  5. jotsfromasmallapt

    I checked and measured my own fingers on both hands. The results?
    According to your scientific study and dish washing data, my prowess and being non-allergic to water or cotton towels… my hands are both perfect for washing dishes…and drying. You are writing this down, aren’t you…..

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  6. valentinelogar

    I just have to ask, who comes up with this stuff? What possess them and did they actually get paid for this?

    Of course I immediately looked down at my own hands and found my ring fingers were much shorter than my index fingers, tell me again, what does that mean?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Actually, I assume it did stem from sound research–the correlation of finger ratio to androgen exposure. But then they took it to the next level. It would be interesting to see if other studies replicated the findings!

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  7. Coleen Patrick

    A finger pickle. Ha ha ha. Now I’m curious about the researchers. I really would like to get a glimpse into their day! 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I know, right? What will they be studying next? The pattern of our hand veins as an indication of our organizational levels? Our number of moles as a correlation to our to-do list items? 😉

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  8. Katie

    I never noticed they were different (left to right). That MUST be why I was so bad at piano. 8)

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  9. Gail Kaufman

    I agree with the comments about the craziness that someone thinks up these studies. Could you imagine pitching this to someone for funding? How would you sell it to a sponsor?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I always wonder the same thing when I come across a strange study. I suppose this started earlier when someone linked a longer ring finger to higher androgen exposure. If the studies about niceness and promiscuity were replicated and found to be consistent across the board, I suppose the findings could have some merit. But still, I’d like to read that grant proposal!

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  10. thefolia

    That’s so bizarre! Who thinks of this stuff and then who funds this study? My hands r both the same even with the fingers…now I’m going to be checking out everyone’s digits.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      I know. I already checked my sons. I don’t think their future wives will be too happy…

      I, too, was wondering who funded such a study. Would be interesting to see if there are others that replicate the findings.

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  11. Diane Henders

    Hmm, mine are evenly matched, but Hubby vanished out the door before I could check his. Wonder where he’s going…?

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  12. thatfunnyblogguy

    I know a guy that had his ring finger ripped off as he was jumping out of the bed of a pick-up truck and his wedding ring decided that his finger wasn’t going to make the jump. What does that tell you about him?

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    • Carrie Rubin

      It says his secret is safe forever…

      Actually, rings have been know to wreak havoc on fingers for exactly the reason you mention. There’s a medical injury termed “degloving.” It’s when a finger gets caught and the skin completely rips off but the bone stays put and sometimes the tendons and ligaments, too. A ring is often the culprit for the initial snag. Saw it once in medical school where a teenage girl lost the skin of her pinky finger. But sure enough, the rest of the finger was there. She could bend it and everything. Was fascinating for a med student to see the naked bone at work but sadly not much fun for the girl.

      Just what you came here for, right? A gruesome medical mishap story. But hey, you started it…

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  13. Nurse Kelly

    This was so funny Carrie! I think you should consider doing a weekly post on strange but true medical factoids – maybe just anatomical in nature. Can you imagine??! Glad to know my fingers are in line, but my toes might give me away for misbehavin’ – can you share your clinical expertise here please?!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh, toes, that’s a whole other bag of worms, isn’t it? The whole 2nd toe longer than the big toe thing. Now you’ve given me something to ponder. I’ll have to see if I can find out if it means anything. 🙂

      Thank you, and glad you enjoyed it!

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