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. michellejoycebond

    Lol–I have to go look at my husband’s fingers now. Weird side note: I happen to have two brachydactyly thumbs a.k.a. murderer’s thumbs. I’ve been told that means I’m lucky (go figure). I don’t know of any studies, however, that might show my chances of being a murderer OR being lucky, haha.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Hmm, good thinking. You might be on to something. But they must grow at differential rates. How else to explain my husband’s mismatched hands? 😉

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  2. pegoleg

    As a wise man once said, “Ask not the length of the fingers, ask what those fingers can do for you.” And of course I’m talking about doing the dishes.

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  3. Sheila

    I’ve never seen such a difference in finger length before, but maybe I just never looked. It makes you wonder if palm readers take all this into account.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Could be. Let’s hope they’re keeping up with the scientific literature. They might find some useful stuff in there. 😉

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  4. jotsfromasmallapt

    Smiling she said: I’m coming over to your house this morning, Carrie. I’ll have my own coffee cup and a plate of fresh baked cookies. Please have the coffee made….

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yikers! I’m so torn: the discomfort of socializing vs. the yumminess of fresh-baked cookies. Decisions, decisions…

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  5. La La

    Well we just checked, and both of ours are about the same (equalish in length). Guess we can get married now! 😀

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  6. gdkonstantine

    Carrie, this is one of the reasons I like reading your blog, you always have something interesting.

    Following one of the links shows that “put together” the ratios of “stray vs stay” are 57% to 43% for men and 47% to 53% for women. So, in a room with 10 men and 10 women with the “right” 2D:4D ratio, it might happen that 6 men are inclined to be promiscuous and so are 5 women. Ah, statistics… It reminds me of the Benjamin Disraeli quote: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

    One day, if I am ever so lucky to meet you at a book signing, I will be keeping my hands in my pockets… except to pay for your book. 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha, now I’ll especially be on the lookout for your hands!

      Yes, I think this study needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Makes you wonder who funded it.

      Thanks for the kind words about my blog. 🙂

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  7. Dana

    I heard the difference in finger lenth told how likely you are to be sexually attracted to someone of the same gender! Ofcourse, I heard that from the show The L Word. 🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Hmm, another spin to the tale. Guess that would make my husband’s mismatched situation quite interesting. 😉

      Thanks for reading!

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  8. battlewagon13

    Oh crap. I’m sorry in advance to all women. Of course I could say that even before I checked my digit length.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yay! Now you can tell your wife how lucky she is. Be sure to rub it in a few times and use the study’s data to back you up. 😉

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  9. Nicole Roder

    Ha! I’ll have to check Matt’s fingers when he gets home! Both of my ring fingers are a smidge longer than my pointer fingers.

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  10. Cathy Ulrich

    Hilarious, Carrie. I wonder who funded that study? NIH? What amazingly valuable information! I wonder how large their sample was?

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  11. Gwen Stephens

    I think the most fascinating aspect is the difference between Mr. Rubin’s two hands! How the ratio is so much more pronounced on his right hand! Very cool, fun post. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! As for my husband’s mismatch, I shouldn’t be surprised. He always floats to his own boat. (How’s that for a terrible misuse of a metaphor?…)

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