A new study in press at the Journal of Hand Therapy (yes, a real thing) finds that millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago.
Researchers measured the grip strength (how strongly you can squeeze something) and pinch strength (how strongly you can pinch something between two fingers) of 237 healthy full-time students aged 20 to 34 at universities in North Carolina. And especially among males, the reduction in strength compared to 30 years ago was striking.
They study did find that men and women are now about the same, grip-strength wise. This doesn't shock me at all. You want to know what didn't exist in huge quantities thirty years ago? Computers. Video game consoles in every home at every TV. Boys didn't just sit around and stare at a screen while twiddling their fingers over buttons and toggles and switches. They went outside. The rode bikes. They played stickball. They ran. They swung on bars and jungle gyms and they climbed trees. They made up games and competed in them.
That era is pretty much over, except for those few parents who refuse to allow the electronic games to dominate the day. But those are as rare as those parents who refuse to give their kids a smart phone, aka a crack toy.
And so we're raising up a generation of girly-men, who are just as likely as their wives to need help opening jars and fixing something around the house.
Rather sad, I think