You’re dad might have told you about his younger days when men were men. And he might not be wrong.

A new study suggests millennial men may have significantly weaker hands and arms than men the same age did 30 years ago.

The study was published in the Journal of Hand Therapy.

Researchers measured the grip strength (how strongly you can squeeze something) and pinch strength — 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.

The average 20-to-34-year-old today, for instance, was able to apply 98 lbs of force when gripping something with his right hand. In 1985, the average man could squeeze with 117 lbs of force.

Grip strength isn’t quite the same thing as benching 200 lbs or doing a set of squats. But researchers have found it to be a great predictor of a lot of other strength and health related outcomes. So it’s a useful proxy for overall muscular strength.

The participants in the North Carolina study were recruited only from college and university settings, so they’re not representative of the population as a whole.

But it matches the findings of other similar studies.

A 2013 study found that American children today are less physically fit than they were 30 years ago.

– with files from The Washington Post

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