Surveys reveal the science behind left-handers
Why 10% of the population is left handed is still a mystery to many. But several new surveys have revealed some of the science behind it.
According to a handful of paid surveys and statistics, there are certain ways in which being left handed could affect your health. There are also new surveys online which have revealed the extent to which genetics is involved, and whether it runs in families. The online surveys also indicated links to perceived intelligence in lefties, and feeling more clumsy.
Online survey reveals side effects of being left handed
One online survey, by Left Handers Day, asked members of the side effects they felt from being left handed. Over half said they feel more intelligent than right-handers, but fewer than half felt they were more creative. Interestingly, over 85% of left handers who took part in the online survey said they felt more clumsy than right handers.
According to a study of various other surveys online,the brains and co-ordination of the bodies of left-handers operate differently to right-handers. This can be beneficial in some respects, and less beneficial in others. Here are some of the notable scientific observations which go hand in hand with being left handed.
Study of online surveys reveal what it means to be left handed
Although scientists do think left-handedness can run in families (one paid survey found 11% and another online survey said 25% of lefties have a close left-handed relative) it isn’t as strong as other physical characteristics which are passed down – such as height. Some experts think the numbers aren’t strong enough to suggest a link, and that perhaps it’s down to other factors.
Interestingly, one theory is that it can often be linked to stress during pregnancy. One British study and paid survey found stressed mothers were more likely to touch their faces with their left hand, which may be mirrored by the developing baby. It is also statistically more common in twins, with up to 21% of twins being left-handed according to one paid survey.
Surveys online show the good and the bad of being left handed
Many paid surveys show that children from previous generations struggled more at school as they were discouraged from using their left hand. This, thankfully, looks to be changing as modern schools accept left-handedness rather than trying to change it.
Unfortunately, some studies suggest that left-handed people are more at risk of certain mental health conditions, such as anxiety. It is not fully understood why this is, but perhaps the discovery of this means some people might be diagnosed more easily.
However, left handers do apparently have an advantage in sport, according to paid surveys. Many left handers can adjust to using their right when needed, but right-handed opponents struggle to use both hands. That’s one to remember next time you play tennis! Also, although very few paid surveys have discovered any link to specific intelligence, you cannot deny that certain lefties have been supremely successful – 5 of the last 7 US presidents have been either left-handed or ambidextrous.
Overall however, it’s important to note that it doesn’t really matter whether you’re a leftie or a rightie. It’s a subject that continues to fascinate scientists, as there is still so much we don’t understand. But perhaps it’s better that way – we’re all unique and doing things differently to others makes us stand out and celebrate our own achievements. Right?!
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