Left Handed Facts
If you are reading this, chances are that you are left-handed. If you’re not left-handed, you certainly know of someone who is a lefty. Truth be told, left-handers are a minority in this world with only 10% of the entire population that are left handed. Of that 10%, men are more commonly known to be left-handed than women.
It has been theorized that genes were responsible for left-handedness. However, according to scientists, genes are responsible for only 25% of left handers. Some studies found small evidence that the fetus’ position in the final trimester of pregnancy and a baby’s birth position can have some effect on handedness. However, researchers are still inconclusive of what causes right or left handedness.
The world as a whole has become more and more accepting of left-handers, but there is still a social stigma of left-handedness. John W. Santrock has written, “For centuries, left handers have suffered unfair discrimination in a world designed for right-handers.” And he certainly has a point.
Many objects and tools are designed to facilitate right-handed people. More often than not, product designers don’t even realize the difficulties that left-handers face when using right-handed tools. As left-handers awkwardly use tools designed for right-handers, they are sometimes viewed as being less capable and more clumsy than their right-handed counterparts.
While there are some disadvantages of being left-handed, there are some major advantages as well.
Advantages of being left handed
- Lefties have a wild imagination. Because they use the right side of their brains, they are also more intelligent, open to things, and explore different views on topics. There are many influential people who are left-handed.
- Left handers are better at multitasking.
- Left handers adapt to different changes in life more quickly.
- Left handed people may be able to hear slowly changing sounds better than right handers.
- They are more creative than their right-handed peers, so they become better artists.
- Due to their extra imagination and creativity, they make excellent actors.
- Left handed individuals are more likely to find advantages in careers in art, sports, information-technology fields, and music. There are many famous left-handed musicians.
- Left handers can excel in sports as they have the advantage of practicing against many right handed people. (Since their are many more right handers than left handers).
Aside from those advantages, Left Handers also have their own Day that they celebrate annually.
International Left Handers Day
International Left Handers Day is celebrated on August 13. It was first celebrated in 1976.
The Left Handers Club officially founded that day in 1997. According to the Club, Left-Handers Day is “an event when left handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left handed.” Not only is being left-handed celebrated, it also spreads awareness about the special needs of left-handed kids.
Nationwide, events called “Lefty Zones” are held annually where left-handers adaptability and creativity were celebrated. Right-handers were highly encouraged to use objects created for left-handers to get the awkward feeling of using the wrong equipment.
Globally, Left Hander’s Day is also celebrated. In the UK alone, there were over 20 events to celebrate this day.