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What does your finger length ratio (2nd n' 4th) mean?

Apparently the ratio of your finger lengths is a good guide to the level of testosterone in your body. The second and fourth fingers, that is. A lot of people think they are the same length, but actually there can be about a 10% difference. Most men have longer ring fingers than index fingers - in women they're about the same length on average. That's because men have more testosterone. Interestingly when you measure the fingers of sportstars their ratio (index divided by ring finger) is often very low, say 0.93, even for female athletes.

I measured my own and it came out 1.05, which suggests I'm an ultra-feminine man and yes, useless at sports

In the UK the average for men is 0.97 - 0.98 and for women it's 1.00

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Re: What does your finger length ratio (2nd n' 4th) mean?

Its not the level of testosterone in your body, its the level of terosterone you were exposed to whilst in the womb. As you fingers don't grow much when your an adult.

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Its not the level of testosterone in your body, its the level of terosterone you were exposed to whilst in the womb. As you fingers don't grow much when your an adult.
Yeah this is right. I have around 0.90. My ring finger is quite long.

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I thought it was gay thing....the L Word lied to me! Imagine that! Seriously is this supposed to suggest higher terosterone levels for female athletes. Thank god nobody measured Marion Jones fingers.
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Re: What does your finger length ratio (2nd n' 4th) mean?

I thought I'd read somewhere this study was fairly controversial and the results hadn't entirely held up under follow up studies.

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0.93 for me. I feel so masculine now. All kinds of correlations have been read into this. I've seen two contradictory ones on the same webiste before.

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ive watched it in bbc...

it just basically says whethere youre more
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I must have been exposed to a lot of testosterone as my ring finger is significantly longer. Ratio: 0,91 on my left hand, 0.93 on my right.

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And what means if you have on the right hand 0,94 and on the left hand 1,07
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And what means if you have on the right hand 0,94 and on the left hand 1,07
Means your deformed



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And what means if you have on the right hand 0,94 and on the left hand 1,07
I have something similar. The left hand is pretty even but on the right, the ring finger is noticeably longer. Weird. So I'm masculine and feminine? Tell me something I didn't already know.
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Re: What does your finger length ratio (2nd n' 4th) mean?

I did not measure, but a visual measure and calculation results in:

Right Hand: about 1.01.
Left Hand: about 1.08.

I am right-handed.

I am female. What does it tell us?
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Re: What does your finger length ratio (2nd n' 4th) mean?

I'm male.
When I put my hands down on a table so that I'm looking at the ventral side (plam) my index finger is longer (about 1.1 ratio).
When I do the same on the dorsal side, my ring finger is longer (about 1.07 ratio).
So I'm confused......

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