Digit ratio (2D:4D) and wearing of wedding rings

Percept Mot Skills. 2008 Jun;106(3):883-90. doi: 10.2466/pms.106.3.883-890.


Digit ratio (2D:4D), a putative marker for prenatal androgen levels, and absolute finger length, a marker for pubertal androgen action, were not associated with wearing of wedding rings in a sample of 150 male and 199 female married individuals. This failure to replicate associations previously reported by Manning was true for both men and women, self-reported and spousal ring-wearing behavior, and one's own and spousal 2D:4D or absolute finger lengths. Supplemental findings included sex differences and age effects in the prevalence of wearing wedding rings (more frequent in women and the younger than in men and the older) and a sex bias when ring-wearing behavior within couples was discordant (men more frequently did not wear their wedding ring when their wives did than vice versa). Discussed are implications of the current findings and directions for future research into possible associations of 2D:4D with other aspects of body ornamentation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Androgens / physiology
  • Anthropometry / methods*
  • Biomarkers
  • Female
  • Fingers / anatomy & histology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Marriage / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Puberty / physiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Spouses / psychology


  • Androgens
  • Biomarkers