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The handshake — it's likely the most widely recognized greeting in our society:

We've all been taught that a firm handshake symbolizes confidence, interest, and forthrightness. The best way to greet someone you're first meeting is to look them straight in the eye and give them a firm handshake, after all.

However, the days of a firm handshake may be over... And you've got millennials to thank for that one.

According to a recent study by the Journal of Hand Therapy (“the official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists”), young adults do not give as firm of a handshake as their elders — because they can't.

The study showed that millennials aged 20 to 34 actually have weaker hands than the generations preceding them. And the biggest difference of all is among males.

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Researchers rounded up 237 healthy millennials, conducting a series of grip and pinch measurements that were first established in 1985.

The results showed that young males today have a statistically lower grip strength than those originally studied.

Why might this be?

One theory is that today's youth don't do nearly as much manual labor as prior generations.

In place of chopping wood and working on cars, people these days use their cell phones, lightly tapping away:

Could this be the death of the proper handshake? One would hope not...

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