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What does it mean when your index finger is shorter than your ring finger?


Many studies have analyzed the differences between men depending on the length of their index finger. The results are more than interesting. Numerous studies claim that the proportion of index finger to ring finger can discover many things, from your personality to your intellect and physical appearance.

If your index finger is shorter than the ring finger, pay attention to the following four things.

Men with the index finger shorter than the ring finger are nicer to women

According to the new study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, men who have index fingers shorter than their ring fingers are nicer toward women, could be a result of sex hormone exposure in the womb, that is, men with longer ring finger have more testosterone.

In this study, more than 155 participants (78 men and 77 women) filled out forms for every social interaction with a member of the opposite sex lasting five minutes or longer during a three-week period. They used a checklist of two types of behavior – “acceptable” or “quarrelsome”.

Men with index fingers shorter than their ring fingers had a third more pleasant interaction with women, and a third fewer interactions with quarrelsome partners, than men with index fingers longer than their ring fingers.

Penis size

If the ratio is smaller, differences between the index and ring finger indicate bigger genitalia, according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Andrology.

The study involved 144 volunteers ages 20 and older who were undergoing urological surgery. While the men were anesthetized, scientists measured and compared the lengths of their fingers and penises.

The shorter the index finger comparing to the ring finger, the longer penis. This is also connected to the testosterone exposure in the womb.

Attractive face

Men who have shorter index fingers than ring fingers may also have more attractive faces, suggests a 2011 study published in the journal Proceedings.

The amount of testosterone a baby is exposed to before birth can affect the development of the face and their attractiveness, the most recent researches say.

Prostate cancer risk

Although it looks like that having a longer index finger comparing to ring finger is a blessing, this may come at a price. Men with this kind of finger ratios have a higher risk of prostate cancer, according to a 2010 study published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Researchers looked at the ratios of these finger lengths in 1,500 patients diagnosed with prostate cancer and 3,000 healthy men over a period of 15 years. The scientists asked them to look at pictures of hands and choose the one that is the most similar to their own.

Men whose index fingers were the same length or longer than their ring fingers were 33 percent less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer during the study than men whose index fingers were shorter, the study found.

The good news is, 33 percent still reflects a pretty small negative effect, so men shouldn’t be too concerned.

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