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. Lesley Tan says:

    Few years ago while scooping a bowl of soup using my left hand, at the buffet dinner in overseas.a Chinese national guy queing behind me comented that I must be a very intelligent person. He said that there is a number of world leaders who are left handed. I am so proud to be a left hander.

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  2. mayasri says:

    Most of my friends and also people who don’t know me used to tell me that i might be very smart and my arithmetic must be very very good and my drawings must be very creative.
    I’m very proud of my self of being a left hand user and my hi5!! to all lefties in the world,i feel i’m gifted as a left hand user.

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  3. DarcyAckerman says:

    I was born a leftie, my parents tried to make me use my right hand since I was a baby, but…
    I don’t think all these “ideas” of left handed people are true.
    1 I am NOT smart, I can’t draw, I can’t do math not even a simple division, and other things. I am very creative but for sure I’m stupid. So no. Not everyone is smart.
    2 I can’t even play a sport properly. I can’t catch nor throw.
    And other things.

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