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. Diane
    Diane says:

    Me too am Lefty , I appreciate of it because we do better than righty am glad, we are 4 children at home but am only lefty in them. So am happy to hear what I can do among others.

  2. N
    N says:

    I have seen but never strummed a left handed guitar ..I took golf lessons and the instructor said if I learned right handed I would have a stronger swing from being a lefty..the mouse on my computer at work is only on the right side…my work place told me I had to use my right hand or loose my job…

  3. Narges Sajedi
    Narges Sajedi says:

    Hi, thank you for information you gathered and there is a spot that scientific reason for Being more susceptible to become addicted is because of higher amount of dopamine in substatia nigra in their brain not of lower resistance to alcohole.

  4. Karina
    Karina says:

    My son is 9 and left handed, he can play many instruments with his right hand but he never nailed it until he got a left handed violin. Now I understand that being lefty is a gift.

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