Have you ever wondered how many people are ambidextrous? Well, stick around, and you’ll be sure to find out. Quick spoiler: They aren’t very common. Throughout your day, you likely don’t think much about handedness. It’s just like breathing or sleeping. However, you might be surprised to know it plays a huge part in human psychology, language, intelligence, and learning. Many of you likely know what it’s like to be right or left handed but have no idea what it’s like being ambidextrous. There are many benefits to being ambidextrous, but it also had disadvantages most don’t consider. Here are 25 Bizarre Facts About Being Ambidextrous.
Timothy Crow, a psychiatrist from Oxford, has theorized that ambidextrous children are more prone to have schizophrenia later in life than their right and left-handed peers. By puberty, the left side of the brain takes on a dominant role in language skills, and language, he believes, is a key factor with those who develop schizophrenia.
Being ambidextrous tends to be more linked to genetic factors than the environment. Studies have shown that people who are ambidextrous have the LRRTM1 gene on the second chromosome. As a side note, this gene is also linked to schizophrenia.
When it comes to handedness, some scientists believe there could be a link to sexuality. Dr. Michael Peters of the University of Guelph did a study of 255,000 people and found that ambidextrous people had a higher prevalence of homosexuality and bisexuality.
Obviously, a great advantage of being ambidextrous is having the option of using either hand during sports, chores, or at work. The ease of using both hands helps them do tasks with greater efficiency.
They’ve been known to struggle with synesthesia, a condition of mixing senses where people can taste color or see sound. They can experience these senses to an extreme degree as well.