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Why Millennials Have Weak Handshakes: Lack of ‘hard Work’ Means Young People Today Have Less Grip Strength

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

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From Daily Mail: As any serious job-hunter knows, a firm handshake is crucial when it comes to impressing potential employers. But it seems that the strength of handshakes could be on the decline.

New research has found that men and women under 30 have a weaker grip strength than they did in 1985.  The research comes from the Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, and was published in the Journal of Hand Therapy.

The researchers asked 237 participants aged under 30 to exert as much force as they could on a hand dynamometer, which measures grip force in pounds. The results showed that strength scores were lower for both men and women than they were in 1985. 

Specifically, men’s hand strength decreased by 20 pounds and women’s hand strength decreased by about 10 pounds. The only group where this was not the case and hand strength did not show significant changes were women aged 30-34. 

The researchers suggest that this change could be caused by a reliance on technology, and the fact that fewer people work in manual labor in which they must really use their hands. 

Speaking to NPR Professor Elizabeth Fain, who led the study, said: ‘As a society, we’re no longer agricultural or manufacturing. ‘What we’re doing more now is technology-related, especially for millennials.’

A lower grip strength could lead to a weak handshake, which could be an issue for millennials attending job interviews.

A study in 2008, showed that those who score highly with handshake raters are also considered to be the most likely to be hired by job interviewers.

However, helping people improve their handshakes for interviews was not the main aim of this study. Instead, the researchers hope the findings will improve the current treatments for people who have suffered hand injuries and struggle with grip.


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