What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?

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What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?
Right-handed persons make up the vast majority of the world population. (hand writing red pencil image by Nicky Jacobs from Fotolia.com)

According to KidsHealth, more than 90 per cent of the world population is right-handed. That means that they use their right hand predominantly for most tasks such as writing, eating, and other activities. Only ten per cent of the population is left-handed. It is an ongoing debate whether it is more of an advantage to be right- or left-handed. You may be interested in some of the advantages of being left-handed over being right-handed.

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Advantage in Sports

A left-handed player can more easily surprise an opponent in basketball, baseball and other sports. These players can dribble with their left hand and also approach from the left side. Examples of super athletes that were lefties include Babe Ruth, who excelled in baseball, and John McEnroe, who was known for his tennis prowess.

What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?
Left-handed persons can have advantages in sports. (basketball image by Jeff Dalton from Fotolia.com)

Advantage in Creativity

According to Health.ninemsn.com, research does not support the hypothesis that lefties are more creative. However, some creative geniuses in world history support the idea that the right hemisphere of the brain is where artistic creativity is centred. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were both left-handed. However, it is not believed that the right hemisphere of the brain controls all creative endeavours.

What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?
Leonardo Da Vinci was a left-handed artist. (da vinci kunst image by fuxart from Fotolia.com)

Advantage in Languages

A study published in the journal Neuropsychology in 2006 suggested that left-handed people process multiple stimuli more quickly than righties. Many lefties process language using both hemispheres of the brain; righties use primarily the left side.

What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?
Lefties have an advantage in learning languages. (Chinese language image by peter Hires Images from Fotolia.com)

Sensory-data Processing Advantage

Researchers at the Australian National University did studies on 80 right-handers and 20 left-handers to test the speed of information flow between the two sides of the brain. Results showed that the left-handed subjects were faster overall at simple tasks. This would indicate that left-handers have a slight advantage in gaming or other activities where players face large volumes of stimuli in quick succession. Both scientist Albert Einstein and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are left-handed.

What Are the Advantages of Being Left-Handed Vs. Right-Handed?
Research shows that lefties have a slight advantage in gaming. (gaming boy image by Wendi Evans from Fotolia.com)

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