Are you left or right-handed?

The world is largely made up of right-handed people. This can be a bit of an annoyance for the small

The world is largely made up of right-handed people. This can be a bit of an annoyance for the small percentage of left-handed folks since more gadgets, cooking supplies and other objects are catered to the right-handed world. Are you left or right-handed?

The reason why some people are left-handed is not entirely known but there do seem to be a mixture of genetic and environmental factors.

Here are some little known facts you might not know about the lefty-club.

  • 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 multi-tasking

Also, did you know that these famous people are left-landed, including: President George H.W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, Prince Charles and Prince William, musician Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Paul McCartney, as well as, artists Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Other historical figures include Alexander the Great and Julius Ceasar. So all you lefty’s out there, you’re part of quite the crowd!


  1. Carol Borg  

    Yeh I am a lefty when I go to a restaurant I have to swap all the cutlery around. I use sissours upside down. can’t sign anything straight have to turn it around. So many more things I do as a lefty.

  2. Glenda  

    Yes a Lefty but as a child at school had my left hand tied behind me to the desk and made to complete a sentence with my right hand before l could go out to play at playtime not sure if only one teacher or more as was in very early years but as l progressed to secondary school l felt free as l could print and that was easier for me with left hand than writing script but sewing classes were a nightmare as teacher insisted l put in dressmaking pins the same angle as a right hander, cut with right hand scissors and had to hand sewed with right hand, and many other times right handed was what l was told to use so l eventually became both left and right handed and now in my 60’s l write left handed but text etc right handed and cut with scissors right handed eat left or right handed iron left or right handed only thing that l only do left handed is write !! which is funny given the effort put in when l was at primary school to make me use my right hand to write.

    • Di  

      I had a paper bag on my left hand for writing every morning. Sewing was so traumatic I opted for French! Cant sew now Writing is so bad no one can read it. All sport I played left handed. Both my children are right handed but can use left hand well. The world is geared towards right handed people. Still use predominantly left hand ..the nuns have a lot to answer for. At about 6 years I was told the left hand was the devil”s hand.

  3. tracey hollings  

    I am left handed. Early school years, some teachers tried to make me use my right hand, others were fine. I was educated during the changeover period from ink pens (dip pens) to biros. Ink pens were a horror as you smudge all your work. I believe this is why many older lefties, raise their hand when writing. I think the percentage is much higher than usually stated, as in the past people were forced to use their right hand, so know it is accepted the ratio seems to be much higher. i have also found lots of artistic folk, artists, musicians, writers are very often lefties!

  4. Gerrit Hutman  

    I was left handed made to change at school. I now am right handed but can also write left handed, use a spoon left handed but knife and fork right handed, tennis left handed but golf right handed and kick a ball left footed.

  5. Yvonne  

    I too, am left handed. I was lucky at school though, no problems and I was one of the lucky few who was taught shorthand and typing at school, in my last two years. As we had to use special nibbed fountain pens for shorthand, I found it much easier with a lefthanded fountain pen too. When I asked my mum to get me one when she was shopping, she thought I was ‘pulling her leg’ until she actually found one. The nib just goes the other way. I knit righthanded, as mum taught me, but I crochet lefthanded, couldn’t pick that up righthanded; and sew lefthanded. Otherwise I am completely lefthanded.

  6. Being mostly left handed, the most annoying thing I find are hand bags and wallets, the zips are for right handed people. I write left handed, use the sissors right handed, fork and knife together as right handed, spoon and knife on their own left handed. Playing golf, tennis, basketball all right handed. Knit right handed, crochet left handed. I’m a mixture of both. Yes can multi-task and very organised. A little dyslexia thrown in for good measure.

  7. I am righthanded but also use my left hand a lot including for eating cutlery. I have a brother, a son, a grandson and a son in law who are left handed, also a son who is left footed on his skateboard and kicking in sport.

  8. Bev Seton  

    I’m a leftie, have had no trouble writing with an ink pen, sewing ,knitting,crochet, painting or anything else that is supposed to be a big problem. I eat with my knife and fork in the correct hands, I got the best and neatest writer of the year in my class when I was 9.. So I really don’t understand what the problem is.

  9. When i went to school, the teachers would not allow kids to write with their left hand, anyone caught using left hand would get a wack across the knuckles, with the old 3ft ruler.. Being the rebel I am and was then, I taught myself to use my left hand as well as my right, and now 60 years later I can still use either hand..

  10. Kathryn Smith  

    My mother was totally lefthanded and me too but in primary school back in the 50s in Sydney the teacher wacked those who picked up a pencil with the lefthand say “you are a child of God. Jesus sat at the right hand of his father. You will write with your right hand only. You are not a child of Satan”. Hence I now do everything lefthanded except write.

  11. Dianne Rogers  

    I am lefthanded and my education commenced in NSW – my parents were called to the school and told that I was to use my right hand – I had to sit in class with my left hand behind my back. I still have report cards that make the comment that I am using my right hand to write. My family relocated to QLD and my parents told the teachers that I was left handed but using my right hand to write – the teacher said we don’t follow this edit in QLD schools and she can use her left hand to write. This treatment in NSW caused issues with me in younger life as I had been singled out to be abnormal. Interesting to note that I suffer migraines and have major allergies. Proud to be a left handed individual.

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