World’s ‘southpaws’ celebrated

2017-08-25 06:00
PHOTO: twitterGuitars designed for left-handed people posted on twitter under the caption - ‘You may be #lefthanded but you’re always right ... happy #LeftHandersDay to all southpaws!”

PHOTO: twitterGuitars designed for left-handed people posted on twitter under the caption - ‘You may be #lefthanded but you’re always right ... happy #LeftHandersDay to all southpaws!”

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AUGUST 13 was the 28th annual International Left-Handers Day celebrating and raising awareness about “lefties” living in a world predominantly organised for right-handed people.

According to psychology experts Giovanni Sala and Fernando Gobet, there is little scientific explanations why people are left handed with contributing factors ranging from genetics, socialisation and chance, it is fact that lefties are more likely to be more creative and have a “superior information processing” ability.

“Left handers exhibit on average a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning and the ability to rotate mental representations of objects the pair said in their article­ titled Left handed people, more gifted right?.

However, while being left handed has been associated with the creativity and higher intelligence levels, historically being left handed had mostly negative connotations.

The Telegraph recently published a list of examples which reveal the negative connotations of being “left”.

These included left-hand shakes which are seen as a sign from the Middle Ages, the word sinister, which comes from the Latin word sinestra, which originally meant “left”, but took on meanings or “evil” or “unlucky”, wedding rings worn on the left hand from the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend off evil associated with the left hand, and a left-handed compliment is a criticism couched as a compliment, among others.

Left handers also still make up only 10% of the world population, thus the majority of human objects are designed for the convenient use of right-handed people.

As the world observed Left-handers­ Day on Sunday lefties all over the world took to social media to voice some of the daily struggles they face solely due to their hand preference. Some of challenges cited included right-handed study desks, knives, scissors, can openers and for the creative minds, guitars. “Why can’t we have #left handed eftpos (swiping) machines, why do I have to do ta chi moves to pay for everything,” an Anne-Marie224 tweeted.

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