Left-Handers day was back in August, but as I’m having an uncoordinated day today, I began to wonder if it was due to being a leftie.
According to the world of research, #left-handers are more creative generally and stronger on the use of words than our right-handed counterparts. Good news for us left-handed writers!
Apparently we make up about 10% of the total population and our brains are wired somewhat differently to the righties. This may account for why we are at higher risk for ADHD, psychosis and dyslexia, and why we’re more affected by fear (British Psychological Society), get angrier and worry more. We are also three times more likely to become alcoholics. (I’m undertaking some research involving cider to test this theory).
But surely it can’t all be bad?
It isn’t: we are better at multitasking, thinking in 3D, surviving in hostile environments, make excellent sportsmen and women, especially tennis, fencing, boxing. We are well represented in the sport of swimming. Could this be because lefties adjust to seeing underwater quicker than righties?
And here’s one for the #writers …
- On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.
Other boffins have identified that we are ‘less likely’to develop arthritis and ulcers.
‘From scissors and smudged ink, spiral-bound notebooks to impossible-to-use tin openers, the lefties’ struggle is real,’ so there has to be some compensation.
Here’s one last fact for you: Sinistrophobia is the fear of left-handers.
Don’t be afraid, we’re lovely really.
We’re not clumsy, we merely appear to be so in a right handed world.
This means it’s my age then …