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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.

Lower levels are linked to an increased risk of developing diseases like anxiety and depression, which are more common in women.

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:

Pair of hands where the index finger is longer than the ring finger

Kylah Benes-Trapp

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:

Pair of hands where the ring finger is longer than the index finger

Kylah Benes-Trapp

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.

I'm in a relationship now, but when I was single, I would always look at a guy's hands… for a ring.

But I guess there's more to figure out when looking at someone's digits.

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Citations: What do YOUR fingers say about you? Digit length may reveal if you are likely to be athletic, anxious or depressed (MailOnline)

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Talia Koren is a Staff Writer at Elite Daily who genuinely wants to help twenty-somethings get their sh*t together. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in cinema studies and formerly worked in showbiz.
Talia Koren is a Staff Writer at Elite Daily who genuinely wants to help twenty-somethings get their sh*t together. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in cinema studies and formerly worked in showbiz.

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