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. Gio says:

    I’m lefty and couple of years I accidentaly know that i have SOCIAL ANXIETY and i live in sadness every second , not to feel a teenager , I’m 16 years old , suffering from this torturer called
    SOCIAL ANXIETY/PHOBIA

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    • cedar says:

      Hello there Gio. I say am a left hander too and a medical doctor specializing in Anaesthesia and a follower of Jesus Christ. I do not believe any of these statements made above about the left handers. A lot of people believe in what they want to believe. I urge you to dig into believing right. It is all in our minds. You are young and should be free from any fear. To our creator, we were given not a spirit of fear but a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. Do not let anyone look down on your youth but be an example to the believers in word in conversation in charity in spirit in faith in purity. God bless you

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      • Lucy says:

        Hi Guys , I am a lefty too and a follower of Jesus Christ too, I 100% agree with Cedar , we are all creation of God , and we are all in his image , He made us perfect . And if we dwell in His word , we will have wisdom and knowledge ,we wont believe in what any Tom and Gerry has to say about us only Our Creator knows us.

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  2. Fred Tyler says:

    I have heard that there are 25 places in the bible that mention left handednes being a sin. Does anyone know what those verses are?

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    • Lucy says:

      Hi Fred , I don’t think its true. What I know is there are scriptures that talks good about being left handed .
      i.e.
      1. Judges 20:16-17 Seven hundred of these trained soldiers were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss!
      2. Judges 3:15-16 When the people cried to the Lord, he sent someone to save them. He was Ehud, son of Gera from the people of Benjamin, who was left-handed.
      3. 1 Chronicles 12:2-3 They came with bows for weapons and could use either their right or left hands to shoot arrows or to sling rocks. They were Saul’s relatives from the tribe of Benjamin.

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  3. Esraa Shawky says:

    I’m a lefty too.. and I can say lefties are smarter than right-handed people! We are so clever! And we are more likely to suffer from Anexiety..

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  4. chris s says:

    i dont belive in god but i do think that left handed people get wired from a young age differently. this is because we develop the right hand of our brain better than the left. as left handers learn to write they are using there right brain to be creative and the left brain to be logical. as the left hand is controlled by the right side of the brain, that link is more dominant and we dont learn the traits that the left brain offers as quick as the rest of the kids in the class.

    imagine this. writing about somthing logical while learning to read and write language. This is a common problem in primary school for lef handed kids. all these things are left brain but we are using our right brain to use our left hand to put our thoughts down on the paper. we need a way of moving that data over the left to the right and back over to the left hand TO ACTUALLY write on the paper. We need to do so much more to learn than right handed kids. thats why its so hard… and mose left handed kits are classed as dyslexic or behand the other kids.

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