25 Ways Lefties Are Better Than Righties

Posted by , Updated on June 30, 2015

For centuries, society has looked down on left-handed people – but no more! In this list, we dig into some advantages lefties have over righties. As you’ll see, there are quite a few. If you’re left-handed, rejoice! If you’re right handed, it may be time to try being a bit more ambidextrous. Enjoy this list of 25 ways lefties are better than righties.


25

Generally smarter

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Though only about 10% of the population are left-handed, 20% of MENSA members are left-handed.

24

Quicker information processing

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By using both sides of their brain more often, left-handed people can process more information than the more commonly occurring righties.

23

Faster recovery times

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Lefties have been found to recover faster from strokes affecting one part of their brain since they often have to use both parts in a right-centric world.

22

More artistic

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Left-handed people tend to be better at artistic pursuits. Did you know that Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci were all lefties?

21

Better sports players

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In sports as diverse as boxing, tennis, and baseball, left-handed people perform better than their right-handed counterparts. It’s not entirely known why, but it could be due to other players having less practice dealing with their moves.

20

Better memory

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Not specific to only lefties but to those who come from largely left-handed families, some people have better episodic memory (the ability to remember events) better than righties.

19

Multitasking

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Since a left-handed person’s brain thinks more quickly, they can handle more tasks at once.

18

Shorter waiting times

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Lefties tend to go to lines along with their dominant hand (left) which is often times shorter than the right line.

17

A dedicated holiday

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Yes, there’s even a day to celebrate lefties. International Lefthanders Day falls on August 13th every year.

16

Make more money

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For men who have gone to college, lefties earn 13% more than righties.

15

It's not all rosy

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Oddly, for women who have gone to college, lefties earn 5% less than righties (but as you can see there are still plenty of other left-handed advantages).

14

Better drivers

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Lefties tend to pass their driving tests (on the first time) more than righties, at a rate of 57% to 47%.

13

Better astronauts

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Well, this one might be a bit disputed as to why, but it is true that 25% of the Apollo astronauts were lefties.

12

Faster thinkers

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In lefties, the left and right sides of the brain communicate more quickly – another point for left-handed people being more intelligent!

11

More visual

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Left-handed people lean more towards visual rather than written fields. They land up more in areas like photography and painting than in law or writing.

10

Faster typists

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On a standard QWERTY keyboard, left-handed people can type significantly quicker – only about 450 words can be typed with only the right hand in comparison to about 3,400 words with only the left.

9

Aquatic ability

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Another feature whose cause isn’t exactly known, left-handed people better acclimate to being underwater.

8

Better health (sort of)

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Though lefties have greater risk of dyslexia and learning impairments, they have been found to have lower rates of arthritis.

7

Better video game players

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Lefties are better video game players due to their ability to handle more stimuli.

6

Lefties are royals

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Though there are plenty of right-handed royals, a disproportionate amount are lefties, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William.

5

Better warriors

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Lefties were likely more successful in battle (and would be if a zombie apocalypse comes) since fighting from the left was less common and prepared for.

4

Write in Arabic or draw Manga

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In areas which move right-to-left such as Arabic script or Manga magazines, left-hand writers have an advantage over the righties.

3

Better computer designers

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Making sense due to many of the points stated previously, four out of five of the original Macintosh computer designers were lefties.

2

Scholarship money

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A few scholarships out there are restricted to only those who are left handed.

1

More likely to get elected

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Four out of the last seven U.S. Presidents were left-handed. They include Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford.



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