21 Worst Things About Being a Lefty

Research shows that between 10 percent and 12 percent of the world’s population is left-handed. That means there’s maybe as many as 750 million lefties on the planet. The mystery is that scientists have no idea why! Some research suggests it’s in the genes and being a lefty may run in the family. In fact, in the British royal family, the Queen, Prince Charles, and Prince William are all lefties.

And it’s not just the royal family: lefties are in good company. Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Robert DeNiro, Paul McCartney, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, Jimmie Hendrix and Oprah are all lefties.

While there are no obvious differences between those who are right-handed and those who are left-handed, research says that lefties tend to excel at visual and spatial tasks, and that lefties die up to nine years sooner than righties. Men are more likely to be left-handed.

One stat is for sure: Lefties are definitely a minority, and because of that, they face challenges most of us righties never have to think about. In many quirky, annoying, inconvenient, and even hazardous ways, it IS a right-handed world!

Here’s a taste of what it’s like to be a lefty living in a righty’s world:

1. Pens and Pencils Are a Smudgy Mess

Lefties who write with a pen or pencil are used to chronically smudged palms. Their hand trails over the writing, causing smudges on both the paper and their hand. Erasable ink is notorious among lefties for this reason. Ballpoint pens don’t work as well because you’re pushing, not pulling the ball. The ink will never flow as well for lefties, so their pens stop up more.

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2. Scissors Are Literally a Pain

Many lefties, when learning to use scissors for the first time, pick up a pair of right-handed scissors, place them in their left hand, and start cutting. Unfortunately, using the wrong scissors can cause muscle cramps and even carpal tunnel syndrome.

It’s natural for the thumb to push out while the other four fingers pull in. Because of that, lefties tend to force the cutting blades laterally apart. Also, using right handed scissors, lefties have trouble seeing what is being cut. Scissors for lefties do exist, but they’re certainly not likely to be found in your average classroom or office.

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3. Playing Cards Are No Fun

Here’s one you’ve probably never considered if you’re right-handed:

In a card game, when lefties fan out the cards left-handed style, the numbers and suits cannot be seen. Lefties have to either read the cards upside-down, fan them out the opposite way, or buy left-handed cards with the number and suit in all corners.

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