Are you Right handed or the Left handed!?

@kamran12 (5555)
Pakistan
July 2, 2007 2:59pm CST
While doing routine work which hand you use most? Do you segregate the work to be done with right or left hand? Is there anything interesting related to any hand in your family or culture? In my local culture, people mostly use or like to use right hand for "Important or any beneficial tasks" like related to religious activity, eating, writing or anything. They try to reserve left hand for not so clean tasks like doing toilets etc. What are your experiences and views. Have you seen any interesting thing related to use of a specific hand?
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I am right handed, but my brother is left handed. He always wanted to prove to me that left handed are better. Left-handers are twice as likely to pass the test for Mensa, the high IQ society. A full third of all US presidents since 1945 have been left-handed. Your sense of humor is in the right side of the brain (left-hand dominant). It is no accident that so many of the great comics have been left-handed. Left-handers have better 3-dimensional awareness and precision, this explains why there are so many great left-handed tennis players and why there is a lot of left- handed architects...
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
Hello, polachicago!:-) Thank you so much for provind all those benefits of being left handed! so are you convinced now that left are better and more capable han right handed people? Thanks again for sharing:-)
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@LittleMel (14053)
• Canada
3 Jul 07
I've heard most of these details before. I'm glad we have never despised left-handed people born like that, even though these details are not true, it's plain silly to avoid them for what they were born with.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Very true LittleMel! I wonder why people will despise just because someone is right or left handed! That which is natural should be accepted as it is. There's a lot of variety in everything and hands shouldn't come in between!:-)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
I am right handed. I think I heard somewhere before (not sure when/where) that Right Handed people tend to be more creative and artistic in mind. That's true for me! :) I love anything that calls for a little bit of creativeness; writing, drawing, photography, etc. I do like reading, not sure if that really shows I'm creative ;P But it is kind of related to it lol.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Hello LilyoftheThorns!:-) It's nice to have views about creativity related to both right and left hands (see #8). Yes, you are creative!=P what hand you use to create great arts of yours, Lily? I believe you would be taking help from the left hand too:-) Thanks for sharing your views and experience:-)
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• United States
4 Jul 07
I am useless with my left hand! =P If I tried to anything creative with my left hand than it would be a disaster! :)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
even a disaster would be a creation!!:-)
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@LittleMel (14053)
• Canada
3 Jul 07
well in Asia it's common not to use left hands for a lot of things, but in my country this is OK if the person was born like that so not intentionally ruining traditions or anything sacred. Writing wise, we don't pay attention to it. We think it's unique, but that's all about it.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
Hello, LittleMel!:-) You seem to be right about Asia, It's interesting to know about traditions of different places, isn't it? It's nice that you keep children 'natural' there in your country! Thanks so much for sharing:-)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
Kamran12 I shouldn't visit because I am lefthanded and proud of it. I do "important or any beneficial tasks" with my left hand.I write and eat and most everything with my left hand.The one thing interesting in my family is my parents were righthanded and yet my sister and I are lefthanded.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Ah! sarahruthbeth22! I am really sorry if any of my words offended you. I really never meant that and if you could take it positively you would have seen that it was in a light humored way. I never said that I approve of those cultural traits. Even if I approve it doesn't mean that I despise left handed people. You probably would like to see my responses to comments who said that they are left handed or told about left handed people(#4, 5, 6 ,7 and others). I mentioned that cultural thing and invited people to come up with THEIR interesting facts about use of hands as you rightly did in your response by telling us about your parent. It's nice that you use left hand for your "important or any beneficial tasks":-) what you use left hand for? and then the people I mentioned in discussion starter do many interesting things with left hand which are equally important and very enjoyable, if you know what I mean;-) life without those things would be very boring, won't it be? I am again sorry for isleading you and thanks for your sharing your experience and use of hand:-)
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• United States
4 Jul 07
I wasn't offended. Since I use my left hand for the important things I thought if I were to visit I would offend you since I would be using the "wrong" hand for everything.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
I am afraid, sarahruthbeth22, that you are again misreading me:-) There is nothing wrong in using a left hand for important tasks. My own sister is left handed. It's a popular culture but it doesn't mean they consider it 'wrong', they just consider it better to use the right one. And I asked for other examples clearly showing that I wanted to listen to other people who could be much different than that culture. I am not sure if I can say it in more simple language. I am again sorry if you were offended.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
3 Jul 07
It's a brain thing which hand you use or use the most. It's automatic which is what makes it more complicated to use the less dominant hand in certain tasks. I read once than left handed people can be more creative but I haven't seen many facts proving this theory. Now being left handed is not a problem - except for the fact that many tools we use are created for a right handed person and if one wants a specific one for left handed persons it's a bit more expensive. - but when I was growing up people used to make kids use their right hand more to make it the dominant one. WHen kids started righting and used the left hand parents and some teachers would really force them to use the right hand instead. I'm glad they don't do that anymore. Myself I am right handed although in some things I can use either hand with no problem.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
It's nice arkaf61! that you can both hands in some tasks. It's really interesting as to why parents and teachers used to force children to use their right hand when they were naturally using their left hand! any ideas? You are right, though, that left handed tools are a bit more expensive as mostly they are made for right handed people but I see that many are made in a way that both right and left handed peple can use them. Thanks for sharing the information and your views:-)
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
I think the major reason for kids to be forced to learn how to use the right hand for writing was just because the majority did, nothing else. WHen kids used the left hand the parents probably felt it was wrong and just an habit and would try to correct it. I know that some thought the kids couldn't right that well using the left hand. As more people understood why we use one hand or the other making kids change became less important which is really a good idea:)
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
4 Jul 07
As a curiosity, people shake hands using the right hand for a long time and it is an habit that comes - so they say - from long time ago. People used their right hand - the majority - to use the sword. Greeting with the right hand showed the other person that there was no sword being used and that they were being greeted in peace.
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@seksiconnie (1173)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
left handed, when i eat, i use my left hand for the spoon and writing also :) waaaaa,i didnt think of it that way :(
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
I am really sorry seksiconnie, if you took offence of anything I said. every culture has it's own rights and wrongs or proper way to do things. It doesn't mean that other's way is not right. It's completely fine if you are left handed and feel comfortable that way. There is nothing wrong with that. I hope it is clear now!? Thanks for sharing:-)
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• Philippines
3 Jul 07
lol....hmmm, very well said..dont worry , your my friend andi love you.. lol :) thanks :)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
I am glad that it's okay now!:-) and also to have an understanding friend, happy posting:-)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
3 Jul 07
I am both left and right handed, or ambidextrous as some people say. I draw with my left, throw a ball, or hold a pair of chopsticks or racquet with my left hand. But I write with my right hand. I also use the forks and spoon or fire a rifle like any righthander, and type normally with both hands. One interesting thing I can do, which many can't, is this. I can hold a pen each in both my left and right hands, and write the same word with both pens at the same time - the right hand writes the word normally from left to right, while the left hand writes a mirror image of the same word at the same time, from right to left. I can't explain how I learnt this. I didn't practise doing this. It just came naturally.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
I am impressed, lexus54!:-) It's nice that you can effectively use your both hands without any problem and have divided them without any particular distinction. Your writing ability with both hands is really interesting and awesome. Thanks for sharing with us:-)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
4 Jul 07
I forgot to say that when I play soccer, I kick the ball with my left foot mostly. Although I can use both hands for doing things, I am more a left hander than right. What I can do well with my left, I can't do as well with my right, and vice versa. And I usually use this writing mirror image ability to impress kids. They are usually amused, and then they will want to try it for themselves. But usually they will fail.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
I believe I'll fail too but I am no kid:-)
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I write with my left hand but do everything else with my right hand. My sister is titally left handed. I don't know about now but she even had a special pair of scissors for a left handed person. She even tried knitting backwards. Now that was a big mess.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
Haha! that would be a mess to knit backward:-) It's nice that you can use your both hands. I wonder if children are naturally left handed or right handed, do you have an idea? Thanks for sharing us2owls!:-)
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I don't know about how lefthandedness comes into being. Neither one of our parents were left handed - none of my three children are - I am the only left handed one in my entire family and I don't know about my sisters family because we no longer are in touch after she stole my entire inheritance. Wonder if she used only her left hand to get that job done. (LOL)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Ah! so you are the gifted one in whole family being the only left handed:-) Haha! It would really be interesting to know what hand your sister used to get her job done. but then people use both hands to do this and many other things!:-)
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@thess0312 (442)
• United States
3 Jul 07
i am a right handed everything i do accept when i'm biking i always use my left hand to control my bike.(",)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Hello thess0312! It's nice that you can use both hands. many people use left hand to control:-) Thanks for sharing:-)
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@dk_y2k5 (118)
• India
11 Sep 07
me too! I'm right handed too...but I too use my left hand to control the bike. When it comes to using my feet, I kick with my left one while playing football :) As a matter of fact I used to eat food with my left hand...until one day when my mom advised me to start using my right hand.And now I eat with my right hand,find it so difficult with my left one :(
@latsmom (824)
10 Aug 07
i have never heard this one before, I sot really think about which hand I use jsut use my right hand mainly as I am right handed, but occasionally use my left had too, using a knife and fork |i need to use both of my hands.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
13 Aug 07
Hello latsmom! I think that every body uses both hands, one more than the other like a support for the main working hand. Thanks for sharing your views:-)
@youless (96984)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Jul 07
I am right handed. However, I use mouse with my left hand. I think it is much more efficient. Because I can use my left hand to use the mouse, and meanwhile I can use my right hand to write. Here we usually think the left handed persons are very smart. But since it's not convenient for left handed persons in our society, so their parents try to correct them when they were little. They think that the right handed will be much more acceptable and convenient.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
14 Jul 07
Hello youless! It's nice that you can use both your hands in efficient way. I was really interested to know about other cultures and societies where there can be different norm. You seems to be right about parents focing children just for acceptability and convenience. Thanks for sharing:-)
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• Pakistan
3 Jul 07
i am a left handed person, meaning that i write with left hand, and do some other tasks with left hand. but for eating i use my right hand. my mom was actually a complete left hander when she was young,but my grandmother didnt like it. so she made my mom write with right hand. now, my mom can write with both hands, and do almost all of the work with both hands. amazing capability!
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
yes, it's amazing Windrunner! that your mom can do everything with both her hands. She is gifted. I wonder why people emphasized on using right hand instead of left, any thought? Thanks for sharing your experiences:-)
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@Azita888 (315)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I am right handed. I wasn't really aware of anything important or beneficial about being right or left handed I just figured is whichever hand is stronger is the one a person prefers to use.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
you are right, Azita888! that one uses whichever hand is stronger. I was just wondering if there are interesting things pertaining to use of a specific hand in different cultures. Thanks for sharing:-)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
I am right handed on everything i do.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Thanks for sharing fredstromdaisies! is there nothing you do with the left hand? is it useless for you?
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@japboy (572)
• Malaysia
3 Jul 07
i'm right handed,i do all my routine like writing,eating,playing badminton,table tennis and so on.I think all of my family are right handed.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Thanks for sharing japboy! is there anything you do with left hand?
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@smacksman (6074)
3 Jul 07
I write kack handed, ie. left handed but do most other things right handed like playing sport right handed. I suppose in the West we have been washing our hands long enough that we can wipe our backside with the left hand, wash it and then eat with the left hand as well. No problem.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
It nice that you can use both your hands smacksman! I have seen some people who do things alternatively with both hands. Thanks for other 'interesting' information you have shared:-)
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• United States
3 Jul 07
I am left handed but was not born that way. When i was young i hurt my right hand and while it was healing i had to use my left hand. after my right hand healed i still used my left hand to do most things and still do to this day. my right hand i still use to swing a golf club or to swing a baseball bat or toss a horseshoe. after all of theses years i can't use my right hand to write . when i was in gradeschool my teachers tried to get me to use my right hand but my left won out.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Hello spbr_paybac!, welcome to mylot:-) I am sorry that your right arm was hurt. it's interesting that you can use both hands for diffeent type of things and have put your left hand to real purpose. Thanks for al the information you provided about your experience:-)
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I am right handed. A few years back I injured my right arm, I had no use of my right arm or hand for close to 6 months. I learned how to do everything with just my left hand. I can still tie my shoe with my left hand. I still do somethings with my left that I used to do with my right.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
I am sorry to know about your accident, Polly1! and It's nice that you can put your left hand to some use too. it's interestng to be able to use both hand so that when one gets hurt other can be used. Thanks for sharing:-)
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@matrixx (254)
3 Jul 07
kamran, :) I use both hands!:) I mean why not the both so that no one get's lazy and useless? by over using one hand and leaving the other unused, both can get harmed in the long run. is n't it so?
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Hello matrixx!:-) You are right that overuse wll make other useless. can you do everything with both hands? Thanks for sharing:-)
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• India
3 Jul 07
I use left hand for writting. Right hand for bating while playing cricket and left hand for bowling. I can use both hands comfortably for eating but normally use left hand.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Jul 07
Hmm, you have put them in good combination, rakeshwad! Thanks for sharing:-)
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