A YouGov poll asked 8,000 Americans if the thumb is considered a finger or does it just stand alone as it’s own thing? 22% of people said that the thumb is NOT a finger, that it is something different. 22 isn’t a huge percentage of people polled, but it’s still almost 1 in every 4 people. It makes you wonder if these people were ever taught 10 fingers and 10 toes when they were children.
As people age, learn and see the world their opinions may change or in some sense evolve. Happens to all of us in life. Some may believe that the thumb isn’t a finger because it doesn’t sit a top your hand like your index, middle, ring and pinky finger do. People may also say you don’t call it your thumb finger. Well, you also drop the word finger when talking about the small end finger and just call it your pinky. So that point loses some steam.
If your palm extensions are also referred to as digits doesn’t that make the thumb fall into the finger category? The bones in your each of your fingers are the proximal phalange, the middle phalange and the distal phalange. The only bone of those 3 that the thumb doesn’t have is the middle phalange because it’s just too short. So if it has the same bones does that make it a finger? Is the middle phalange the end all, be all for finger defining?
The National Library of Medicine says in their research that the central nervous system sees the thumb as a fifth finger. If you’d like to check out their very in depth article click here.