Left-handed people face everyday challenges that their right-handed counterparts never have to worry about, like hand smudges while writing and using scissors made for righties.
Though only 10% of the entire population is left handed, many influential people throughout history have been lefties, like Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Babe Ruth.
Though left-handed people may seem at a disadvantage, their handedness may lead them to be more creative, perform better athletically, and have certain health benefits.
Being left-handed comes with a handful of downsides that I’m all too familiar with as a lefty myself. My right-handed counterparts never have to worry about hand smudges while writing or the struggle of using righty scissors.
Many things, like the number pad on the side of a keyboard or gas pedals in cars, aren’t made with southpaws in mind, most likely because only about 10% of the human population is left-handed, as Business Insider previously reported.
That 10%, however, includes some of the most influential people in history, ranging from presidents like Barack Obama, entrepreneurs like Bill Gates, and media moguls like Oprah Winfrey. It’s easy to wonder if the less-popular handedness is associated with some advantages.
As it turns out, some scientific studies suggest that sinistrality (the medical term for when left-side body parts work better than those on the right side) could positively impact your life.
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1. Lefties can be more creative
Left-handedness is associated with “superior divergent thinking,” a process of thought that explores possible solutions and generates creative ideas based on existing information, as Business Insider previously reported. However, the study referenced only supported this conclusion for men.
Additionally, University of Liverpool researchers Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet reported in a 2017 roundup for The Conversation that lefties are more likely to have a more highly developed right hemisphere of the brain, which performs tasks related to creativity.
The right brain hemisphere is associated with creativity because it controls non-verbal, conceptual, holistic, intuitive, and imaginative processes, according to Scientific American.
2. Lefties can be better athletes
Babe Ruth’s athletic success may have actually been linked to his left-handedness.
In 2017, Biology Letters published a study showing that left-handed men and women are overrepresented in elite sports, including baseball, table tennis, cricket, and other interactive games where players have to react quickly.
3. Lefties may face challenges better
A small study published in 2013 in A Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology tested the performance of 47 right-handers and 50 left-handers on a series of executive-related tasks, like.
The results suggest that left-handed people have better mental flexibility, as The New Yorker reported, which can help them adapt to new situations.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Life