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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167 comments on “Left-handed test results
  1. Heather says:

    I hold the phone in my right hand and use my left ear if I need to write something down, otherwise I hold it in my left hand, the hearing in my left ear is so much better than my right.
    As for holding a bat 2 handed I have no idea as I was always terrible at sport, I was told I looked awkward so if picked at al l was always the last person. Sometimes I was the scorer but as my writing was bad it was often illegible, I was forced to be right handed but when no one was watching I always used my left. I can’t even hold a pen up in my right hand now.

  2. Gary Goldsmith says:

    I discovered I was born left-handed when, taking a test at age 15, I was asked to hold a lightweight board with a hole in it with both hands at my waist and then bring it up to my eye. I looked through the hole with my right eye, and was told this was normal for a lefthander. Apparently my Father had insisted that I be taught to be a righthander. This was in the 1930’s and probably not unusual back then. My wife and our son are both total lefthanders.

  3. Robert Gilbert says:

    I scored a 74 on the test. It doesn’t surprise me. Sports wise, I learned to throw and bat from a right handed person. All of the footwork necessary to throw hard, such as a baseball or football, I learned right-handed. It seemed natural to me, so I stayed with it.

    I grew up in the 70’s, after they had stopped making kids change which hand they wrote with, but before much of anything was made for leftys. I learned to use a right-handed scissors because the only left-handed scissors available were tiny and had no cutting edge. You were almost better off tearing the paper instead, (hold with right hand and tear with the left). Oddly enough, I use a box cutter left handed.

    We had six people in my family, my dad and I are lefty’s, two of my younger sisters are right-handed, but write with a hook, and my mom and my third younger sister write like a “normal” righty. By the way, I do not write with a hook, although in college, I wrote with the lines in my notebook vertical instead of horizontal.

    When I was younger, I dreamed about marrying a left handed woman and we would make our house completely left-handed. That, sadly, did not work out. The closest I came is that my mother-in-law is left handed.

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