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 roughly 12% of the population (find out more)
  • 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 eight 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

  • Some people are scared of left-handedness! Find out about Sinistrophobia
  • 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!

How much of a lefty are you? Take our 60 second test and find out!

Further Reading

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

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  1. Madi
    Madi says:

    Did you know:
    The word sinister is Latin for sinestra which originally meant left but the meanings now are evil and unlucky, so what it is saying is lefties are very unlucky compared to righties

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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy says:

      I agree with you because I’m left handed but my brother and my parents are right handed but I also have epilepsy and they don’t so I agree with you

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  2. Victoria
    Victoria says:

    Left handed person are creative in making decision, they see the whole angle of the situation than a normal right hand are. High intuition too.

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  3. Snowflake
    Snowflake says:

    Yeap some questions are a bit wrong coz some lefties use their right hand to eat because of their religion. But it does not mean that it is comfortable for them. The same with some items which are produced specifically for right handed people so we gotta use our right hand although it is not comportable.

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