finger-ratio1ing at You can learn a lot about yourself just by look your hands. Scientists have noticed an extraordinary link between the length of your ring and index fingers and a various physical as well as behavioral traits. It has been suggested by some scientists that the ratio of length of the 2nd (index finger) and 4th (ring finger) can indicate many different traits, risks, advantages and deficiencies.

This 2D:4D ratio, also known as digit ratio can predict everything from sporting skill to education, sexual orientation to susceptibility to disease. It is science’s answer to palmistry.

According to scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research, men whose index fingers are longer than their ring fingers are significantly less likely to develop the prostate cancer.

Some scientists believe that the ratio between index and ring finger indicates how much testosterone we were exposed to in our mother’s womb. The higher the testosterone, the greater the length of the ring finger and the more “masculine” the resulting child – whether male or female.

On average, men tend to have longer ring fingers and women longer index fingers.



Measure the length of index and ring fingers, from the midpoint of bottom crease where the finger joins the hand to the tip of the finger. (Most of the studies used the right hand.) Divide the length of your index finger by the length of your ring finger to find out the digit ratio, or finger quotient (Fq).

A longer index finger will result in a ratio higher than 1, while a longer ring finger will result in a ratio of less than 1.

If your index finger is shorter than your ring finger (Fq < 1)
  • The shorter index finger is linked to verbal aggression. In both men and women, a lower Fq can predict more verbal aggression.
  • Higher surge of prenatal testosterone exposure is thought to lead to a longer ring finger.
    A greater testosterone can be an indicator of high levels of achievement in sports as well as greater athletic ability. Shorter index finger is also linked to physical aggression.
  • Men and woman with longer ring fingers are tend to be risk takers.
  • Since the testosterone is believed to protect against heart attacks, those with the smallest index-to-ring finger ratios have lower risk of early heart attacks.
If your index finger is longer than your ring finger (Fq > 1)
  • Shorter index finger can be sign of knee osteoarthritis risk, particularly in women, compared with people whose fingers are of equal length, or those who have a longer index finger. Longer index finger is linked to having healthier knees.
  • According to one study, high digit ratio—which means a very little difference between the index and ring finger, or a longer index finger— was found among men with oral cancer, compared with men with pre-cancerous oral lesions or no lesions at all.
  • Men with long index fingers and shorter ring fingers have a 33 percent reduced risk of prostate cancer. If they’re younger than 60, the risk is even less — 87 percent.
Shery Reviewer Asked on April 27, 2015 in Biography.
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