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!

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Further Reading

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

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  1. ellisha owano
    ellisha owano says:

    I am a left handed man and I just wanted to know why the leftes are prone to homosexual as compared to rightes. thanks

    • Angel Lee
      Angel Lee says:

      I think because we use the right side of our brains and were open to more things. For example i notice a lot of psychics are left handed and are also homosexual. I think pur brains are open to a lot of things.
      I am left handed and i am a woman and i love men, but honestly if i met a great girl i would go for it. U fall in love with the person i feel. I am a little psychic.
      I write and use a scissors with my left hand but the rest i use my right hand…or both i just confuse myself sometimes.

  2. Hanasalali
    Hanasalali says:

    I’m a 36 woman I like to write stories and I draw and I’m a graphic designer and a good cooker ..
    I’m a mum and a wife and a multi tasker 🙂 …

    Lefty and proud …:)

  3. Gaurawa karunaratne
    Gaurawa karunaratne says:

    I am a lef hander and seems that all the above mentioned are true. Its so unfair that world equipments are made for the benefit of right handers where I feel terrible sometimes when opperating them, specially the scissor it sucks. But I am proud to be a lefty as we are one of a kind and unique in our nature.

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