Left-handed, right-handed people aren’t as different as they seem


Sitting side by side, senior Heather Cleek and junior Alyson Horner write the same thing. They compare the left-handed writing of Horner to the right-handed writing of Cleek, both of which have a unique style.

Leah McNear, Staff Writer

In the world, only roughly 10 percent of people are left-handed. That leaves the majority of people to be right-handed.

Human beings have cross-wired brains, meaning our right-brain controls the left hemisphere of our body and vice versa. The right side of the brain is supposed to be creative while the left side of the brain is supposed to be logical. People with a dominant left hand would then be more creative, and right-handed people would be more logical.

Personality and interests aren’t currently dictated by science. This is supported by junior Zoey Blanchard, who is involved in Photography Club, Majorettes and three art classes.

“I do everything with my right hand,” Blanchard said.

On the other hand, junior Alyson Horner matches the left-hand stereotype perfectly. She is involved in Art Club, Drama Club, Pep Club, Choir, Bulldog Beat and soccer.

“With my left hand, I accomplish most of the daily tasks such as writing, using cooking utensils and school supplies such as scissors. I also used my left hand for softball as a kid,” Horner said.

Left-handedness used to be demonized and punishable in history. There were names used to mock left-handed people. They could even be accused of witchcraft back in the day. Some people tell stories of being forced to use their right hand during school instead of their left.  

Nowadays, there are products being manufactured to make the lives of left-handed people easier, and they don’t get made fun of as often. Left-handed tools were a breakthrough in putting people on a level playing field.

It used to be rumored that left-handed people die at a younger age than right-handed people, another thing that could be responsible for the low number of left-handed people in the world. However, this theory has already been disproved.

When it comes to the genetics behind handedness, it is too complex to tell if it is dominant or recessive. The percentage of two left-handed parents having a left-handed child is only about 25 percent. This makes them more likely to have right-handed children.

There have been arguments made that handedness is an acquired trait, that children learn from their surroundings. Others say it’s a choice that children make, which makes sense if they’re ambidextrous or mixed-handed. Since handedness doesn’t have a simple pattern, there is no definite answer.

So whether you’re right or left handed, how you got that way is a mystery.