25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People

Neal August 10, 2014 410

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…

25 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
  • 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

So we’ll live for nine years less than right handed people huh?  Well the way I see it, that’s nine years less squandering my kids’ inheritance money, living in a nursing home where some teenager cleans up my drool and wipes my arse for me – that’s a plus in my book ;) 

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If you have any left handed trivia of your own leave a comment below!  Also be sure to check out our list of 15 Crazy Left Handed Superstitions and Myths!  You may also enjoy our article that looks at some of the theories that attempt to explain Why Are People Left Handed?

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410 Comments »

  1. Jermanni Evans October 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I’m proud to be a lefty, I’m very smart and very unique in some ways

  2. Matthew October 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I’m proud to be a lefty. I also stutter and am dyslexic and VERY creative because of it, just look at my website! LEFTYS RULE!

  3. Aleshni Anjana Prasad October 17, 2014 at 3:39 am - Reply

    I am proud be a lefty…smart and active….thanks to god….

  4. ashraf October 18, 2014 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    i can swim faster and draw good picture

  5. aldrin buhalog badion October 19, 2014 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Im proud to be LEFT HANDED because i can draw what i want easier.

  6. Nizaar October 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Am proud to be a leftie as I have lots unique and exclusive style of working and most of the people are highly appreciateed

  7. Riddhi Shah October 29, 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    I am proud to be lefty. And the interesting thing is me & my twin sister both are lefty. we are a clever in studies, creative gals. We draw drawing,rangoli & mehendi so beautiful. we know the art of paper quilling which is also creative task, I make macrame crafts very well. People compliment us that we are multi talented gals & can grasp anything quickly.Thanks to mom also she never forced to do everything with right hand.

  8. Asaur Hotep November 4, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Im blissed to be left handed just like my Negro Egyptian ancestors. They operate their space shipz with their LEFT hand. ;)

  9. rango November 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I love being left handed!

  10. TheGreatBritishLefty November 6, 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I love being Left-Handed.It makes us unique,creative and CLEARLY superior!
    GO LEFTIES!!!!!!

  11. sebeo November 7, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

    i love being left-handed even though some people teases me……….

  12. Mr.Stee November 13, 2014 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Being left handed is awesome but difficult because I cant play my clarinet normally. I am the only left handed clarinet player in my grade that has a left hand. Usually normal people are suppose to put their right hand on top and left hand on bottom but I have to put my right hand on the bottom and left hand on top. This is effecting my proformence at concerts and band practice. My band teacher says that I have to play it the other way or I wont be able to play at all. But the best part of being left handed is being a genius about stuff. I may not be a genius at math but I am a genius at telling peoples emotions and stess and im a mastermind about finding if a crush likes you or not and if you do drugs or coke or drink alchohol or smoke. I can think like other people cant. I am supa smart at figuring problems and telling whos lying or not. The worst part of being left handed is that companys don’t make that much left handed material and that we live 9 years less than any other right handed human beings. I am using this talent to figure out if my crush likes me back and I am trying to solve some unsolved mysterys. And I am only in the six grade
    LEFT HANDERZ 4EVER!!!!!!!!!:)

    • Neal November 16, 2014 at 12:35 am - Reply

      I had no idea that the order in which you place your hands on a clarinet made a difference. Thanks for the comment, very interesting :)

  13. craig November 16, 2014 at 1:35 am - Reply

    mr stee
    thanks for your input I didn’t know that about clarinet players, its now got me thinking about other wind instruments is it the same with flutes, saxaphones, trumpets ect ?

  14. Gloomy Moonie November 16, 2014 at 9:18 am - Reply

    As a lefty, I’m going to stand out and say that being one is mostly irritating, to say the least.
    While drawing, which most lefties seem to commend themselves on, is independent on laterality, writing (in most languages) is geared towards righties, both in text direction and slanting.
    The former is the one usually complained about, since it obstructs vision of what is written and causes smudging, but it is easily corrected by writing from the bottom up, instead of from the top down.
    The latter though, is the most problematic – in order to write forward slanted text (italics) a lefty would need to have what is called an overhooking hand placement, which is very unnatural and exacerbates the obstruction issue.
    Those things in combination make the art of calligraphy near impossible, without going way out and beyond (see John DeCollibus). Firstly, that is because the strokes need to be pulled instead of pushed, as a lefty would inevitably do Secondly, to maintain an orderly text one would need constant view of what was previously written, all that while remaining forward slanted… you see the issue here. Quite disappointing.
    Calligraphy aside, there’s the accessibility of lefty guitars, which does seem to have been mostly resolved in the countries the manufacturers are based in, but has remained largely the same since the days of Curt Cobain in some other countries.
    Is it any wonder we live shorter lives than the rest of the population? ;)
    By the way, the left/right hemisphere thing is a myth. While many of the brain’s functions are localized, to imply that one hemisphere is more analytic or creative than the other is beyond comical.

    I know this might be the wrong forum to post this on, but since it is leftyfretz, I find it at least half appropriate :)
    As an ending note, I’d like to say that I find it peculiar that in spite of not having any real solutions for the aforementioned problems most lefties find themselves perfectly fine, and even proud of being left-handed. Definitely corroborates some of the “scientific” left handed facts :D

  15. Arthur November 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    That 3D thing is true!
    I’m a 3D artsist!

  16. POKOL November 17, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    for me its sux that im left handed , in some ways its intresting but this statistic about live and injuries and problems with alkohol etc. made me paranoid for this and this paranoid is cose im left handed – fuck thats always when im reading “left handed facts etc” kill me

  17. Teresa Melvin November 17, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I’m a left-handed woman. Both of my grandmothers were left-handed. Other lefties in my family are my two daughters, two granddaughters, and a sister. There are no left-handed males in my family. I’m a registered nurse and I’m amazed by how many nurses and doctors and other medical personnel I work with who are left-handed. Many more than the 10% of the population. Anyone else see this?

  18. NoAfraid November 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Im lefty and doesnt afraid of enything!

  19. Dave November 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    It sure looks like lefties are proud of themselves; if only they could write and spell.

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