Being left-handed historically comes with its daily difficulties. Opening doors can be an awkward task, writing on paper can lead to a hand covered in pen marks, and clicking a mouse can take some extra thought. And because only 10% of the population is left-handed, most everyday items are designed for right-handed people. Although lefties are rarer, multiple studies have proven that this quality is associated with a few key benefits, Huffington Post reports. It seems as though left-handed people have a leg up on the rest of society when it comes to quick thinking, athletic ability, and creativity.
They're Quick Thinkers
A 2006 study discovered that left-handed individuals make quicker connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Researchers tested participants by giving them a task that caused them to make connections between both sides of the brain and another that allowed them to use the left and right hemispheres at the same time. After measuring their performance, researchers found that lefties were able to process information from one side of the brain to the other more quickly. This suggests that they're able to process information faster—a notably useful skill.
They're Good at Sports
Left-handed people may also have faster reaction times, helping them excel in sports, according to a 2017 study. Sports scientist Florian Loffing came to this conclusion by analyzing sports like baseball, tennis, and cricket to determine whether or not lefties perform better with high time constraints or lower time pressure. He found that left-handedness was 2.6 times more likely in sports that don't allow athletes much time to react.
In addition to thinking and reacting quickly, it seems as though left-handed people are also more likely to be creative. One study found that lefties are better at thinking of many solutions to one problem than right-handed people, while a theory published by psychologist Chris McManus suggests that the right hemisphere (which is thought to be more involved in creative thinking) of left-handed individuals is more highly developed.
While much of the science behind left-handedness versus right-handedness is still up for debate, these facts may explain a bit more about you or your left-handed friends.