Being left-handed may give you an advantage in some areas
If you’re left-handed, you may have noticed that we live in a right-handed world! Think of how few products and utensils accommodate our left-handed friends. Tools for daily tasks like writing and cutting are designed for right-handed people. So, it requires a bit of problem-solving from an early age and constant adapting.
Statistics also show that life is not all rosy for lefties. Some research suggests that left-handers are more likely to develop allergies, asthma, and other autoimmune diseases. Lefties also seem more likely to suffer from dyslexia, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. It could be that being a leftie results in higher sensitivity, but scientists have found that lefties are more easily prone to negative thoughts, anger, and frustration.
However, it seems that being left-handed also has some advantages. In celebration of International Left-Handers Day on August 13, here are a few fun facts about the “pros” of being left-handed:
1.Better at math. A recent study by the University of Liverpool in England, assessed 2,300 students ranging elementary through high school. It found that lefties outperformed others when the tasks involved complex problem-solving, such as associating mathematical functions to a given set of data.
2.Competitive advantage in sports. Lefties are over-represented at the top of many sports—whether at the Olympic or professional level.
3.Faster brain connections. According to a 2006 study published in Neuropsychology, lefties may have faster connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
4.Left-handed geniuses. Although left-handed people make up just 10–13% of the population, lefties make up a higher percentage of the world’s geniuses. For example, did you know that Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Madame Curie, Aristotle, and Leonardo De Vinci were all lefties?
5.Creative and visual thinkers. Lefties find their way often into careers that involve the arts, music, and creativity. They seem to be better at perception and thinking in 3D—which may explain why there are proportionally more left-handed architects.
6.Underwater vision. Left-handed people tend to adjust more easily to seeing underwater—a useful superpower for diving competitions and pool games!
7.Super stars. In addition to sports stars, there is a bigger percentage of lefties who are media stars, celebrities, tech innovators, and even space astronauts. One in four Apollo astronauts were left-handed.
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