Facts About Left Handed People

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
  • 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!

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 facts about left handed people of your own, leave a comment below!

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  1. Andebell
    Andebell says:

    I’m a lefty too but I dont do homosexual. I do like eating a lot and think much. I dont often get migraines but insomniacs yes. I love playing baminton! :)

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  2. Tofmann
    Tofmann says:

    I’m a lefty. Parents tried to change me at childhood, but only succeeded in teaching me to eat with right hand. I use my left hand & leg better. Everyone admires my handwriting & drawings. Though I write slow, I score highest at school. Siblings ridiculed the hell outa me, but today I’m in charge! Biologically, I developed a little slower & sometimes my environment is reversed to it’s opposite direction/orientation

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  3. Talia Tuala
    Talia Tuala says:

    I’m a left handed person and my whole family is a righty….. but I don’t care most of the time…. so what if I’m left handed …I’m still the person I was yesterday and the day before…… but trust me writing with you left hand is probably the same as your right hand….. and eating

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