Both the not-wife and yours truly are both left handed. We both subscribe to a newsletter of the Left Hander’s Club. Last month it carried an item about the some of the advantages of left handedness. These come as a pleasant diversion from the usual irritations of being in a minority even if not always applicable to myself or she who must be obeyed.
Being left handed is an advantage in many sports.
I was never a great sportsman but I daresay that I would have really reeked if right handed!
Lefties have a greater chance of being a genius– or having a high IQ.
Researchers aren’t sure why, but those who are left handed seem to make up a disproportionately large part of those who are highly intelligent. For example, twenty percent of all Mensa members are left-handed.
Both of us have high IQs. I joined Mensa briefly. A bigger bunch of arseholes I have never met in my life!
Left handed men may make more money.
According to studies, left handed males who have gone to college earn 13 percent more than their right handed counterparts. The causes of this difference are unknown, but the gap is statistically significant enough that its not a simple anomaly. Oddly left handed women earn 5% less than women who are right handed.
Hmm I was never a huge earner, not bad, but not well into the upper tax bracket.
Left handed people adjust more easily to seeing underwater.
As a poor swimmer I can’t comment on this one!
Lefties are better able to multitask.
Well I have mastered walking (WALKING!) and chewing gum at the same time!
Some left-handed individuals have better memories.
True for the not-wife. She never forgets anything I’ve done wrong!
Generally, lefties are better at playing video games.
I must be the exception that proves the rule!.
Left handed stroke victims recover faster than right handed stroke victims.
I never want to test the veracity of this one!
Left-handed people are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits
Research has shown that university students are more likely to major in visually-based, as opposed to language-based, subjects when they’re left handed. While another study — not comprehensive at only 103 students — showed that within the sample, 47% of art students were left- or mixed-handed.
I did Physiology and Biochemistry, then a masters in Microbiology… The not-wife didn’t go to university
Southpaw drivers are more successful at learning to drive than right handed people.
57% of left handers passed their driving test first time compared with only 47% of right handers.
Both of us were in the 43% category here
Interestingly we tend to spend less time in queues. Studies show that most people veer to the right if there are multiple lines to choose from, but lefties tend to choose the line on their dominant side. Indeed, a Disney World guidebook states that visitors will spend much less time in line for attractions if they choose the left-hand side when given an option.
Make of these what you will….