Men, take a look at your right hand. Is your index finger shorter than the ring finger? According to new research, the ratio of the length of your fingers may hint at everything – from personality to intelligence and physiology. Here are a few things you can find out by looking at the length of fingers in men.
Nice for women?
Men with a short index finger and a long ring finger tend to be better for women. This may be the result of hormone exposure in the womb, scientists say.
During the study, 155 people (78 men and 77 women) recorded every social interaction with a member of the opposite sex that lasted five minutes or more for three weeks. To do this, they used a checklist with "pleasant" or "grumpy" behavior. The behavior of men with insignificant ratio figures (the index finger is shorter than the ring finger) was about three times more pleasant for women.
According to a previous study, this ratio shows the amount of male hormones, mainly testosterone, to which a person is exposed in the womb. The more testosterone, the more the ring finger grows.
A smaller ratio was also associated with a more elongated shape of the penis, in accordance with a study conducted in 2011. The study involved 144 volunteers aged 20 years who underwent urological operations. At a time when the men were under anesthesia, the researchers measured the length of the male fingers and genitals.
The shorter the index finger in relation to the ring finger, the larger the man’s penis. Researchers suggest that the cause is also the effect of testosterone in the womb.
Men who have a shorter index finger, are the owners of a more beautiful face. These are the results of a study for 2011, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society.
The amount of testosterone that a child is exposed to before birth can influence the development of a person’s face and its attractiveness.
Previous studies show that women prefer men with expressive "male" facial features. In other words, women are traditionally more attracted to men, whose faces are dominated by courageous features (like Will Smith or Brad Pitt).
The length of the fingers is related not only to men, but also to women. For children of both sexes, the ratio was related to passing exams. A team of scientists made photocopies of children’s palms, and then measured the ratio of fingers. The obtained data was compared with the results of testing children. Both boys and girls, whose index fingers were shorter than the ring fingers, understood the exact sciences better than the humanitarian ones. However, if girls had a very high ratio of figures (in which the ring finger was longer than the index finger), they were better verbal tests than mathematical ones.
Prostate cancer risk
But a shorter index finger compared to a nameless one has its price: according to a 2010 study, there is a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
Researchers have watched men who have had this ratio for 15 years. 1500 of them had prostate cancer, and 3000 were healthy. Scientists asked participants to look at the photographs of the hands and select those that are most similar to their own.
Men whose index fingers were the same length as the ring fingers (or longer) were 33% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men, whose index fingers were shorter, as stated in the study.
The good news is that 33% is a small indicator, so people with lower rates should not be too concerned about this issue.