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It’s often been said that you can tell certain things about a man by the size of his feet. Now new research suggests that a man’s fingers can predict a thing or two as well. If you want to know what’s going on below the belt, take note of his shoes. But if you’re more concerned about the size of a man’s wallet, check out the length of his fingers, say researchers at Concordia University in Canada.
Men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers are more likely to be wealthy and powerful go-getters than men whose index and ring fingers are about the same size. According to researcher Zack Mendenhall, besides influencing brain development, testosterone exposure in the womb affects the size of a man’s fingers. Men with more testosterone tend to have shorter index fingers and longer ring fingers. Considered alpha males, these types of men are generally more masculine and more willing to take greater risks in life. Past research has shown that men with short index fingers and high testosterone also tend to be more power-hungry, competitive, aggressive and promiscuous.
On the other hand, men whose ring and index fingers are closer in length tend to be more even-tempered and reliable. Unlike alpha males, they are less willing to risk it all for financial gain or to win a woman’s heart. The researchers did not find any connection between the length of women’s fingers and their willingness to take risks.
Of course, after reading this study, I ran to my husband and grabbed his hand. “Let me see your fingers,” I demanded. I wasn’t surprised to find out that his ring finger is longer than his index. He did, after all, start losing his hair in college. FYI, early male-pattern baldness is a sure sign of high testosterone levels, as are just about every personality trait he exhibits on a daily basis. For my husband, games aren’t meant to be played; they’re meant to be won. Ryan delights in beating me at anything, even if I didn’t know it was a competition. And it kills him that I fall asleep before him every night. As an emcee for sporting events, a sometimes TV host and an aspiring actor, his career is all about risk. Does that translates into a fat wallet? Since he’s still waiting for his big break, it may be too soon to tell.
Alpha male or mister reliable? Can you guess the length of your boyfriend’s or husband’s fingers? Chime in below!