25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People

Let’s take a quick break from guitars and talk about being left handed in general for a change.  I’ve put together a list of 25 interesting left handed facts, from the funny to the weird and everything in between.

One really interesting factoid that I picked up was from a scientist who believed that left handed people tended to be more independent as a result of having to adapt to a world which is largely built for right handed individuals. Here are a few more fascinating pieces of trivia related to being a lefty…

Facts About Left Handed People

Scientific Left Handed Facts

  • Make up between 5% and 10% of the population (depending on who you ask)
  • More likely to have allergies
  • More prone to migraines
  • More likely to be insomniacs
  • Use the right side of the brain the most
  • Three times more likely to become alcoholics – the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance to alcohol!
  • More likely to be on extreme poles of the intelligence scale
  • Tend to reach puberty 4 to 5 months later than right handers
  • More likely to suffer stuttering and dyslexia
  • Twice as likely to be a man
  • Better at 3D perception and thinking
  • Better at multi-tasking
  • Live on average 9 years less than right handed people (this study was disproved! read more)
  • 39% more likely to be homosexual

Interesting Left Handed Trivia

  • Left handed pens are a thing! Who knew!?
  • Make especially good baseball players, tennis players, swimmers, boxers and fencers (almost 40% of the top tennis players are lefties)
  • Celebrate left handed day once a year – August 13th – International Left Handers Day
  • Draw figures facing to the right
  • Recover from strokes faster
  • More likely to pursue creative careers
  • Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed
  • Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates
  • On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.

Bizarre Left Handed Statistics

  • Adjust to seeing underwater quicker
  • Less able to roll their tongue than a righty
  • Nails grow faster on the left hand than the right

You can find a handy infographic containing all of this information here. Feel free to share with friends!

Further Reading – Check out these fascinating resources!

If you have any facts about left handed people of your own, leave a comment below!

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  1. al
    al says:

    i don’t think that people should only use one of their hands more than the other…we’re not fiddler crabs…we’re meant to use both sides of our bodies as equal…jaws, hands, feet; our tops to toes should’t be let lopsided…most people do not realize what they do to their bodies really affect their whole phisical and mental conditions…this has led to unsymmetrical growth of body parts in total from skeletal, dental, and optical organs and so forth that will contribute to our mental builds as well…ambidexterity in all its possible senses is a must…and it is never too late…

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  2. Molly
    Molly says:

    I am a lefty, and could not be more proud! I honestly agree with all the facts on here, more then a fair share is true!!! Well, at least for me… I really don’t know you. What also rocks is AUGUST 13 IS MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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