When you Turn your Head, is it Left or Right?

Singapore
March 8, 2007 1:37am CST
Alright everyone, we are not going to wave our hands madly in front of the keyboard this time. Instead, we are going to do a little experiment. Be warned though that it could be equally taxing. Here goes... first, you should start off as you are right now, right in front of your monitor screen. I want you to turn your head SLOWLY to your left and hold it there, 90 degrees from the front, for 3 secs. Remember the sensation. Now return your head back to the center, and repeat for the right side. Once again, count the 3 secs (don't cheat :p). Look back at your screen and compare the 2 sensations. I reckon that you will feel differently; you should find it easier to turn either left or right, but usually not both. For me, I find less resistance when I am turning to the left. I don't know what this means but I am guessing that I probably "use this direction" more often. Simply put, I turn to the left more than I turn to the right. For those who catch movies at the cinemas, do you find yourselves more on the left or right (or center) side? Would you rather be on the left and turning right, or on the right and turning left? So when you turn your head, is it left or is it right? Or are you thoroughly confused now? Do share. ;-)
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I have hearing like a dog (and know many jokes can come from what I just typed) so I turn my head both ways easily and often. However, in going with your topic, I would say the right is more comfortable. It may have something to do with being right handed and right brained, lol.
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
Oh yea? I am not sure about my brain but I am certainly right handed - yet I find the left side more comfortable. So at least on this count, we can draw no conclusion. :P
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
Hi, I just tried this and it feels strange when I turned to the left hand side, as you did I do not know why is this due to be right handed. In regards to the movies at the cinema I would be sitting more on the right. No I was not confused with your discussion at all.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
8 Mar 07
Great discussion, I did the experiment no cheating and found more resistance when turning my head to the right. I found this to be a little strange as I would think that I turn my head to the right more often than to the left. Being right handed and all. Also when I go to the movies, not that often, I do tend to sit with the people I'm with to my right. Am I the exception to the rule? I also feel that when I'm driving I strain my neck further when I look over my right shoulder than when I look over my left. Hummmmm I think I will be paying attention for the next few days to see if their is some truth to this. Thanks for making me think for a moment. :)
• Singapore
8 Mar 07
Always love an honest gal. ;-) And I don't know the why to be honest... see if your observation the next few days sheds some light. ^^
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
23 Jun 07
When I turned my head left I am looking Straight, I can not turn it right, as I am always looking Right to see the monitor, so basically due to the position of the monitor I am always sort of dancing around in the chair, so I do not get serious neck cramps :D - DNatureofDTrain
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• Singapore
23 Jun 07
Well, generally speaking.:P
• United States
8 Mar 07
I didn't feel any difference at all. So...I'm I weird or what. I did it just like you said..and didn't cheat. It felt the same to me.
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
You are special then! :P
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• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Yeah, I just notice it now that it is easier to turn the head towards the left. It seems that there is much less resistance if I turn my head towards that direction. I believe that the reason for this is because I am right handed, meaning, my muscles at the right side of the body have more mass than the one at the left side.
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@vanities (11343)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Mar 07
well i think i always on the right...whatever i do..even in sleeping ..its always on the right side...that i havent paid attention till now that you opent his discussion..
@anonymili (3138)
8 Mar 07
Ok you're into posting some quite different types of discussion aren't you?! Well it's all good, keeps it interesting indeed! Tried the left and right thing and found it was less uncomfortable turning to the right, thought about it some and realised that I tend to sit on the left side of the cinema (on the rare occasions that I go) and I insist on sleeping on the left side of the bed - never actually thought too much about why I did that last one! I am right-handed and don't know much about right brain left brain but also thought that if someone calls my name from behind I would turn to the right to respond to them! Now analyse all that and tell me what it means :)
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
I *try* to post discussions I have not seen before. And no, I still don't think it has anything to do with being left or right handed. We really need to string wrdsofwisdm up on a drying line for giving us that misleading (?) suggestion! :P
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Hmmm
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
You think we should do this to you too? :P
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• Turkey
8 Mar 07
I felt no difference at all, but then I do, do some neck exercises once or twice a week, side to side, back and forth etc. So maybe that affects your little experiment? I do tend to sit in the centre of the cinema so that when a larger person sits in front of me, it doesn't matter which way I have to lean the screen is always directly in front. I now have a picture in my mind of millions of people all over the world sitting infront of their computers turning their heads side to side, are you trying to hypnotise people over the web?
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
Shhh... I want to rule the world. DON'T LEAK THIS SECRET, ALRIGHT?
• Turkey
9 Mar 07
Ok, your secrets safe with me!! :)
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
Thanks then! :P
@all4ucnc (861)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I thought that was a goofy question, but I did it and you know , it is easier for me to turn left, and your right I do tend to sit on the left side at theaters when I watch a movie too. Too weird, but oh so true.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
Actually if it is easier for you to turn left, you would prefer to sit on the right.. so that you would be turning left not right... or is that a typo? :P
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
8 Mar 07
This was an interesting discussion, what ever made you think of it? I tried it and my neck was tighter turning to the left, and more relaxed to the right, and I am right handed also. As for the movies, I prefer to try to sit in the middle if possible, that way I can focus on the whole screen. I feel like I see more of the movie that way, I guess, who knows, maybe I don't see any more than others, it just seems that way. Thanks for the change in pace, and for making me look away from this computer, even if for only a few seconds. I needed that break. LOL =)
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• Singapore
8 Mar 07
Guess it came to me while I tried to look for my left hand while turning right. :P Now go take another break!! ;-)
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@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I do not have a problem turning my head left or right. I do not have any discomfort at all when doing this. I prefer sitting in the center of the movie theater as I can see everything without having to turn my head.
• Singapore
8 Mar 07
You either seldom turn your head, or you keep turning it left and right like that guy in the animated gif I attached. :P
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
9 Mar 07
When I turn my head to the right there is less resistance. I never thought about it but I always sit on the right side of church and I always find seats on the right side of a theater. I wonder if it is has to do with whether you are left or right handed. I am left handed but turn and sit on the right side.
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@Profetu (1253)
• Romania
8 Mar 07
At least at one i'm certain of : at the cinema...i'll go center up (screen must be in the center and the sound must be "tuned"...and up because when i was a kid i use to smoke up there,,,hehe) Back at the little experiment...i think more to the right...
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I did as you asked but I still feel pain in my neck on the right side and I do not feel any on the left so would side it is easier to the left
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@MrsSgtB (289)
• United States
8 Mar 07
This is kinda funny because I never notice this until I started thinking but I usually sit on the left side at places. Also it is easier or me to turn my head left then right. I wonder if it has something to do with me being left handed. Though I play sports right handed. Weird isn't it?
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• India
8 Mar 07
I felt easier and more comfortable turning left and it came very natural as well. I think I go a lot left like you. And yes as you said, I tried to remeber and think and I came to know that most of the times I had chosen seats on the extreme left while at cinemas or at center, but never at right. And also that it was very rare that I chose the center seats. think I am more comfortable seeing left. Any ways You Take care. May GOD Bless YOU and yes It was quite INTERESTING
8 Mar 07
I found it alot easier to turn to the left. My neck was A bit stiff trying to turn to the right weird.
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
I did it and it was the same both sides. However I am ambidextrous and can do most everything equally with both hands. The only thing I don't do equally is write, that comes from a teacher in grade 1 and 2 (had her for both) that insisted that her students use only their right hand, until then I could write with both hands the same. When someone talks to me I turn either way doesn't matter, and I prefer the center of the theater. One other thing, I also use my feet for most everything also. If my hands are busy my feet can get involved. I pretty much use all four limbs equally. Of course I don't eat with my feet although I have been known to open jars with them.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
See if you can write with your feet... in the dark. lol :P
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
I haven't used my feet to write in 10 years. It weirds my husband out to much. He really hates it when I use my feet to do things, he says its not normal.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 07
Well, it's... unique. :P
@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I'm definitely a right turner.. and would sit on the left of center at the movies if the choice is mine (if I'm leading the way). This wasn't as much fun as waving my hands crazily in front of the monitor! But it did remind me that I still want to start doing my yoga again.. before it's too late..
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• United States
10 Mar 07
P.S. as far as being confused.. what was the question?
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• Singapore
10 Mar 07
I would say... stay the yoga for now. It doesn't do much good to shake your intelligence too much. :P
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
15 Aug 07
Oh wonderful! I don't know from where you got to know about this fact. Had you read about this somewhere, in a book of amazing facts or something? If it originated from your brain, you must be really a very innovative & sensitive person, are'nt you? whatever, full marks to you for starting this great discussion. I would feel guilty if i don't say that this is one of the most interesting discussions i've seen on myLot. lol...i'm yet to answer your question. I'm exactly opposite to you. I conducted your experiment and i feel resisted when i'm turning my head towards right. I think it is because i'm a Left-hander? I do most of my activities with left hand basically, so there may be some connnection with that. However, i don't know much about the scientific side of this thread. As far as cinema halls are concerned, once i enter the cinema hall, i will just be looking forward for the movie and won't usually bother much about left side or right side. All my mind, body, heart and soul will be curiously awaiting the MOVIE as soon as i enter the theatre gate and i can think of nothing else. Anything will do, i hardly notice whether i'm on right or left. All i would want is nothing but a seat.LOL. Also, i'm not sure whether you know, most of the times in Indian cinema theatres there'll be a ticket number, so we can't choose the seat we prefer. It is allotted. It is because Indian cinema halls will be usually crowded and so people may fight for the seat of their choice. So, i'm used to sitting both on left and right side of the cinema halls to watch the movie.
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• Singapore
17 Aug 07
Yea, all from inside the little thing above my shoulders. :P I think it's a habit thingy. Left hander or not, beats me really. :PP