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7 Studies Explain What the Size of Man Hands Really Means

Everything scientists know about hand size, finger length, and your penis size.

Whether small or big, a man’s hands say a lot about him. Usually, strong, calloused palms suggest a guy who works with his hands, spends lots of time outside, or lifts weights. Bruised knuckles may be associated with fighters, and long, dextrous male fingers with concert pianists, surgeons, and artists. Granted, this may be pure conjecture and wild assumption, but the size of a man’s hands can, in fact, reveal a lot about his biology. Studies have now proven that men with small hands and men with big hands have one thing in common — their mitts give away a ton of information about everything from their athletic ability and cancer risk to their sex life and, yes, eventually penis size

First, a clarification: When scientists study a man’s hands, they don’t focus much on whether they’re big, small, or average-sized — they’re looking at the relative size of his fingers. The length of a man’s index finger, compared with his ring finger, tells scientists how much testosterone he may have been exposed to in utero, which influences many behavioral, health, and anatomical outcomes throughout his life. Turns out, men who are overly concerned about the size of their hands should shift their attention to their fingers. Whether you’re a guy with small, large, or average-size man hands, these two fingers say a lot more about you than you may realize. 

Yes, a Man’s Fingers Say Something About His Penis

The length of men’s fingers can predict how they treat women, approach sex, and perform at sports, but is the old wives’ tale about the man downstairs being proportional to hand size true? You’re damn right it is. One study, published in the Asian Journal of Andrology, revealed that men with longer ring fingers had longer penises to match (no word on the all-important girth). After considering the age, weight, height, digit ratio, individual finger length, and body mass index (BMI) of 144 men, they found that height and the gap between index and ring fingers were the other factors that made a difference.

“Based on this evidence we suggest that the digit ratio can predict the adult penile size,” the study authors write. So if you’re not sure exactly what you’re working with, look to your hands.

A Man’s Hands and Fingers Might Have Something to Do With His Level of Attractiveness

Men with long ring fingers may be more prone to promiscuity because they’re too damn attractive, other studies show. It’s no excuse, but when researchers had 49 women assess the attractiveness of 49 men, they found that men with longer ring fingers ranked higher than their peers. There’s little beyond this as far as explanation or conjecture, but it’s still a fascinating correlation.

A Man’s Finger Length Predicts How He’ll Treat Women

Men with longer ring fingers are more likely to smile, laugh, compromise, compliment, and listen attentively to women, according to one study. And the longer their ring fingers were, the kinder and more attentive they seemed to become. Men with longer index fingers, however, argued a lot with the women in their lives.

Longer Ring Fingers Mean More Sex and More Fertility

The same study suggests that men’s longer ring fingers may be linked to fertility, a contention backed by preliminary research. Other studies indicate that men with longer ring fingers are four times more likely to partner with women who display outward signs of fertility, such as larger breasts and hips as well as smaller waists. Meanwhile, both men and women who have longer ring fingers may be predisposed to having multiple sex partners, Oxford University research suggests.

A Man’s Fingers Hint at Superior Athleticism

Men with longer ring fingers have better hand strength, regardless of their age and body size, a team of father-son researchers found. Several studies echo the sentiment that longer ring fingers are linked with superior athleticism and overall strength. Shorter ring fingers are best for watching sports. And that’s probably why foam hands at sports stadiums highlight the pointer finger instead, and why Billy Stanford started on your high school baseball team and you watched from the dugout. 

A Man’s Fingers Also Has Something to Do With His Cancer Risk

There’s also evidence that men with long index digits have a comparatively lower prostate cancer risk. But a word to the wise: Anyone who says that the size of your hand in relation to the size of your face wants you to hit yourself. Smack him in the balls.