Left handed survey


We are very interested to know more about which hand left-handers use for various activities, how left-handedness runs in families and how left-handers lives are affected by their hand preference. Please complete this short survey form to tell us about you and your family and we will keep updating our results and the conclusions we draw from them.

Click here to see our analysis of results so far

We would be interested in any comments you may have about the survey or our interpretation of the results.

Complete the survey


About you First name
email address

About your family – please put “L” or “R” in the boxes to show the handedness of your family members, leave those that don’t apply blank

YOU and siblings
Your children
Grandfather 1
Child 1
Grandmother 1
Brother / sister 1
Child 2
Grandfather 2
Brother / sister 2
Child 3
Grandmother 2
Brother / sister 3
Child 4

Which hand do you use for the following tasks?

Writing and drawing
Cutting with scissors
Brushing / combing your hair
Holding a toothbrush
Using a knife to cut, without a fork
Using a knife with a fork (knife hand)
Using a spoon (on its own)
Throwing a ball
Holding a racquet (e.g. tennis, squash)
Unscrewing the lid from a jar (lid hand)
Kicking a ball (kicking foot)
Holding a golf club, cricket or baseball bat
(left hand on top, facing to left side = right-handed!)
Looking with one eye (e.g. telescope)
Listening with one ear (cupping to hear more clearly)


We would like to know a bit more about what effect being left-handed has on your life, but if you are short on time you can skip this bit and submit the form with the information you have already completed and get back to the rest of the site (scroll down to submit)
Age Sex Country

For the following questions, you can check the appropriate items and add some more notes in the boxes on the right hand side if you wish

Notes and additional info.
Do you consider yourself to be more or less intelligent than average? More

Do you consider yourself to be more or less creative than average? (art and music, generating ideas) More

Do you consider yourself to be more or less awkward or clumsy than average? More

Did you experience any difficulties at school related to being left-handed? YesNo
Types (ctrl click all that apply)
If you had difficulties, did you receive any help from teachers or others? YesNo
Have you ever been discouraged from using your left hand for anything? YesNo
Have you ever used any specialist left-handed implements? YesNo
Ctrl click all that apply
What was / is your favourite subject at school / college?
What is your occupation?
What are your main hobbies or interests?
Are there any ways in which being left-handed particularly helps or hinders you?
Anything else you think is important?

Thank you
very much for your time in completing our survey and I am sure that the analysis of your and other left-handers responses will be very interesting and tell us a bit more about ourselves. We will be updating our analysis of the survey results on a regular basis and you can see it under the survey section of this website. We will also update club members with any significant results through our regular newsletters.

To submit your completed survey, click on the submit button

You will get a screen message back to confirm that it has been accepted

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41 comments on “Left handed survey
  1. Charles Harmeyer says:

    I did not recognize that this was a required field before submitting the survey.

  2. John Davis says:

    Thank you for being there for the lefties. Sometimes it can be lonely for a leftie. Imagine a lefty Vocational Teacher in a right handed world.

  3. Michael Maguire says:

    I write with my left hand and use it for tasks requiring dexterity. However, when using tools or carrying out tasks requiring strength I use my right hand, which is the stronger one. The only activity I cannot do with my right hand is writing. When doing house painting , I can use either hand and swap the brush over when my arm gets tired! My mother and my 2 sisters are left handed but my dad is right handed. I think I am a lefty who has had to adapt.

  4. Joyce Dickson says:

    I loved the fact that my Dad and I were both lefties when growing up, as at school I was the odd one out. Being a bit different at school has in part lead me to support SEN learners in my job in education.

  5. Chris Coote says:

    Growing up in the 1950s/60s I never had an issue with my lefthandedness. My younger brother was l/h’d too, whether he copied me or it was simply natural to him, I don’t know? I can write reasonably well with my right hand but always preferred my left. Always held a bat/golf club righthanded and kicked a ball mainly right footed. I have an l/h’d guitar, that I play very badly. I feel very comfy playing that way. The woman in the music shop tried to make me change to ‘holding it like a r/h’d person. No chance! It was ok for Jimi Hendrix and Paul Macca, so it will do for me! haha

  6. Tykeisha says:

    I love beomg a leftie😍

  7. Leftie Lefty Left Leftyison says:

    Being a Lefty is AWESOME! =D

  8. Left Lefty Leftyison says:

    I love being a Left-Hander South Paw. 🙂

  9. Ana Varela Lopes says:

    Although my childhood and starting school happened during the 60’s in Southern Europe, no one has ever tried to push me out of my left handedness. What also no one did, was to give me a preferential treatment just because I was ‘different’. Instead I was motivated to use the tools everyone used:the existing rulers,the existing scissors, learn to write with a fountain pen -that I love.I even learned knitting by looking at a right handed grandma, making sure I would find my way with the two needles!At table I was encouraged to be ambidextrous for a question of politeness to my table partners and with time bottle openers and can openers became no mysteries to me. Unfortunately, I’m the only lefty in my family (up, sides and down)as I believe is a “I dare you!” life circumstance beneficial to any growing person.Have a great Lefty day tomorrow!

  10. Wyatt Leftyison says:

    This is AWESOME! Thank you so much Anything Left-Handed! 🙂

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