Left-handed test results

How left-handed are you?If you haven’t completed the left-handed test yet, you can use this link to go to the survey form (it contains 12 Left/Right questions and will only take you a minute to complete).

This page gives our analysis of the surveys completed so far. By 27 May 2015 34,271 people had completed the survey and they declared their handedness as:

Do you consider yourself to be left or right handed?
Left 25,317 74%
Right 3,127 9%
Both 5,398 16%
Not answered 433 1%
Total 34,271 100%

Of the people that consider themselves to be left-handed this is the percentage that answered each question “Left”:

Question % Left
Writing hand
(we assume that the other 3% of people who consider themselves left-handed but said they write right-handed were forced to change their writing hand when they were young and have not changed it back)
Cutting with scissors
(a lot of people mentioned that they use scissors right-handed because that was all that used to be available and they have never changed)
Holding a bat (one handed) 78%
Eating with a spoon 94%
Holding a toothbrush  92%
Brushing hair  89%
Eye (using a telescope)  74%
Ear (using a telephone)
(some people mentioned that they hold the phone to their right ear to leave their left hand free for taking notes.  LHC’s Keith just gets in a tangle, holding the phone to his left ear with his right hand so he can still write with his left!)
Foot (kicking a ball)  64%
Folding arms, which is on top  68%
Clapping, which hand is on top  81%
Clasping hands behind back, which hand is doing the holding  77%
Throwing a ball  77%
Turning the pages of a book  74%
Using a bat or club two-handed (hand on bottom)
(this question cause a lot of confusion with people thinking about “bottom” differently if they were holding the bat or club down, e.g. cricket or golf, or up for e.g. baseball.  What we meant was the hand on the bottom being the one nearest the hitting end of the bat. If this is your left, you will be facing to your right looking over your right shoulder to see the ball coming)

The percentage of people who consider themselves left-handed who were graded at each of our levels were:

 Grading % of total
Seriously Left-Handed (>90% score) 46%
Mainly left-handed (60-90% score)  44%
Left but mixed-handed (40-60% score)  7%
Probably a Right-Hander! (0-40%)  3%

The overall average score for people who consider themselves left-handed was 83%

And the number of people who scored 100% was 3,710 (15% of all the left-handers)

Of the 5,398 people who consider themselves “Both handed”, 60% use their left hand to write, 30% to cut with scissors and 67% used a phone on their left ear. Their overall weighted score was 55%.

Please add your own comments or interpretations as comments at the bottom of this page.

If you haven’t completed the left-handed test yourself yet, you can use this link to go to the survey form

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173 comments on “Left-handed test results
  1. Lawrence Melander says:

    I know that I am of mixed hand dominance but believe it was partly due to early age training and lack of left hand utensils. You might add racquet sports to your test i.e.. I use my right hand/arm to play tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Also, we have friends who have 2 daughters…all 4 are left handed…this must be very rare?

  2. RW says:

    Should add a question of which hand we use to deal cards.

  3. jennifer brown says:

    My opinion is that for many of us our mixed handedness is environmental. I was taught to throw right handed, cut with right handed scissors, use a right handed manual can opener. We have had to conform to the world around us. We are multi-talented and pliable. Right handers could not overcome what we have. We ARE superior. 🙂

  4. Dawn Mason says:

    My right hand is only there for symmetry I rarely use it . I cannot hold a knife properly in my right hand. Shaking hands with my right hand is awkward I always go to offer my left hand.

  5. Kat says:

    Interesting results. Some things I actually had to DO to be able to answer because I couldn’t tell.
    I scored in the seriously left-handed area, but some of the answers (like writing) I could have also answered with BOTH. Although the BOTH would have been a result of living in a right-handed world (kids copy their surroundings while learning to do things and work a lot with right-handed tools) combined with my parents being told that I wasn’t a distinctive lefty, hence certain things like writing I learned with my right hand (still use that for signatures, while I use the left for block letters and switch between left and right for “normal” writing), but always used the left to draw including simple things like drawing lines where even in my right-hand-writing days as a kid I switched to left for that (even while the left arm was broken).

  6. lyn bamford says:

    I had considered myself as ambidextrus until l did the test and realised thatl actually do over 90% lefthanded. The fact that l find it easy to mirror write, write backwards and upside down and write right handed (throw back to early school predudice confused teachers throughout my school years.l can do almost everything righthanded if necessary but prefer to do it leftie style because it feels more natural.

  7. Farah Sadoq says:

    Like Keith I hold the telephone with my right hand to write and get me and the leads in a mess. Scissors, at school I got thrown out of dress making for being unable to cut out a pattern, I had no idea that scissors were right handed! Thanks to the person who made left handed scissors as I now realise I am not a “blockhead” as I was told at school.
    I hold a rounders bat in my left hand, the games teacher always shouted, “follow your bat girls!” so I did and ran the wrong way round the pitch.

  8. Marissa says:

    In some cases, for example, brushing teeth and brushing hair, the option should be available to choose both. I brush my teeth with both hands and the same with my hair. If you think about it, its easier and more thorough….

    • dutch says:

      My theory is that I am left-handed for smaller, more detailed functions, writing on paper for example. But when writing on chalkboard, it is broader, a larger function and that I automatically tend to do with my right hand but since I’m holding the chalk almost the same way I do a pen or pencil, I feel almost ad comfortable writing on chalkboard with left hand. But throwing, batting…is all right.

  9. Eliette Comarmond says:

    I’ve taken the test and as expected the results show that I’m 100% left handed. Both my parents were left-handed and out of their 11 children, 4 are left-handed and one ambidextrous (perhaps, a left-handed coerced by teachers to write with her right hand). A bizarre coincidence: at the christening of one of my sisters, my parents realised that both her godfather and godmother were left-handed, but she is right-handed.

    As for my 3 children, the eldest is left-handed, the second is right-handed and the third is ambidextrous.

  10. Duncan Pohl says:

    Interesting. I was – and am – the first and only, with one exception left-handed person in my family. No one has even the remotest idea where I got it from. I have a son who is left-handed, but he is a twin, so whether he inherited it or it a sign of his [at least partially] being a mirror twin, is pretty difficult to determine.

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