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Lefty surveys and tests

We have been running a number of different surveys over many years and you can see the details of how to complete the questions yourself or see our results and analysis using the links below.

Teacher training and left-handed children

This is our current project to find out what level of guidance teachers are given with how to help left-handed children with handwriting and other tasks.

Use this link to download the survey form or enter your responses

We will be producing an initial analysis of the responses to this survey later this year and will provide updates in our Left Handers Club newsletters.

Being left-handed survey

This survey is about which hand left-handers use for various activities, how left-handedness runs in families and how left-handers are affected by their hand preference.

The survey form, results and analysis for this survey are on our Left handers Day site at

Use this link to go to the Being Left Handed Survey form to complete it with your own answers

Use this link to see the results and anlysis for the Being Left Handed Survey

Left handed school experiences survey

There are lots of great things about being left-handed, but it can sometimes be hard trying to learn to do something in a right-handed way or with right-handed tools. Nowadays, many schools are realising that it’s not fair to make us left-handers do things “back to front” and that left-handers deserve to be just as comfortable when they learn. There are lots of really useful left-handed teaching aids and equipment that are now available to schools, but some teachers still aren’t using them! That’s why we’re asking you to fill in this survey to tell us how well your school looks after left-handed pupils.

The survey form, results and analysis for this survey are on our Left Handed Children site at

Use this link to go to the Left Handed School Experiences Survey form to complete it with your own answers

Background information on the School Experiences Survey

Use this link to see the results and anlysis for the Left Handed School Experiences Survey

Left handed life choices survey

We are undertaking the biggest ever survey of left-handedness in various Groups of people to find out what advantages and disadvantages left-handers have and how it affects their choices and success of career, sports, social activities and other lifestyle choices.

The survey form, results and analysis for this survey are on our Left handers Day site at

Use this link to go to the Left Handed Life Choices Survey form to complete it with your own answers

Background information on the Life Choices Survey

Use this link to see the results and anlysis for the Left Handed Life Choices Survey


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33 comments on “Surveys & tests
  1. Graham Palmer says:

    When I was very young, I used to use the knife in my left hand and fork in the right because I was left-handed and did everything different to others. At an early age I switched to the normal right-handed way that everyone else in my family used, using my left hand for the fork and right for the knife. I still do to this day – coarsley cutting up food and shovelling it into the mouth doesn’t require much dexterity. Although I have noticed quite a few younger people use the fork in their right hand the American way.
    Cutting a loaf of bread was always difficult and required a lot of blade twisting to get the cut parallel. I never understood this until I came across this website that explained the difference between left and right-handed knives. All is now fine with the special new leftie knife.
    It used to annoy me when I was young and helping prepare things in the kitchen and my Mum would rush over saying “Oh give it here. You look so awkward doing it with your left hand”. She then proceeded to un-dextorously continue the task. Mum’s comments baffled me then and still do now.
    Being left-handed is no longer a big issue; there is more to someone than what hand they prefer to write with.

  2. Hilary Rees says:

    I grew up as the only left hander in a family of 7 thus every was geared to the others, setting a table always got me into trouble because I automatically put the knife to the right, once I left home it was perfect. I always change the button on a mouse to use my left hand, but right handers create such a fuss when they come to my desk, whenever I have a holiday I change it for those I refer to as “numpties” – I go to their desks and use their mouse with my right hand with no problem, when they come to mine they try to put their right hand on the mouse and then can’t work out why it doesn’t work “properly”. Even telling them to just put their left hand on the mouse and use the same fingers causes unbelievable idiocy on their part. Lefties have always had to adapt in a right handed world and I for one think it should stop – were is the equality. When my right handed siblings come for dinner they still create if they sit in my place where the knife and fork are set to suit me. And I tell them not to put their glass of wine anywhere near mine if they don’t want me to pick it up accidentally (on purpose) – its time to demand to be accepted for being normal and not referred to as “cack handed” !!!

  3. Les Mitchell says:

    Just a general question on left handed surveys.
    It is generally accepted that 10% of the population are left handed.
    That said, why is this ratio not true within the cricketing world.
    In a team of 11 it is rare to see less than 20%.
    Currently of the top 15 in the Australian Team (incidentally they just beat England 5-0 for the Ashes) there are 7 lefties + Michael Clarke (Captain) bats right and bowls left. 45% lefties.
    Likewise, the English team of 19 has 9 lefties or 47%.
    I’d say lefties are well represented here.
    Not sure if this anomaly holds for other team sports

  4. Wendy says:

    At school it was hard to write using ”finger spaces”, as I ended up crossing my hands and couldn’t see what I was writing. Teachers actually forced me to use my right hand, until my mum went to see them lol.
    Banks are the worst when pens are fastened down on the right hand side.
    My daughter and nephew are lefties so I had to teach them how to tie shoe laces etc, their/our way.
    Scissors are a nightmare, even now, I can’t cut in a straight line to save my life!!
    I am normal, its the rest of them that are different.

  5. Marvin says:

    It was always hard being a lefty as a kid. I felt awkward. Right handed desks, scissors and other school supplies. And the way my classmates would stare at me while i write (being that my paper have to be turn completely sideways with the horizontal lines going vertical) just imagine. What a nightmare, but I was very creative and artistically inclined and alone. That’s was until my mother had her 5th child a girl and she is a lefty too…what r the odds of having 2 left handed children, not to mention she’s one hell of a boxer too. And me and her are closer because we understand each other…

  6. Janet says:

    I refuse to use a mouse with my right hand…change the settings every time if you need to…and the righties can change the settings, as well…I have never, ever used a mouse right handed…

    • Les Mitchell says:

      I am the same way with a ‘mouse’ – as a ‘Mac’ user I set the mouse up to suit a leftie. Right click not left click. Confuses those who go to use that mouse. As you can have multiple rodents via Bluetooth, Solution for them was to have another mouse set up their way. I use a Mac Laptop these days and with a trackpad, left/right problems don’t arise.

  7. bob schwalbaum says:

    As a kid we played a lot of softball.. “righties” use a glove on thir left hand since they keep their “good’ hand free to throw. I just learned to put the glove on my right hand.. It wasn’t too bad.. never did find a good lefty mitt.

  8. Andrew says:

    I do everything with my left hand.I am the only leftie in my immediate family. I was the only leftie at school all the way through,my teachers didn’t know what to do with me, they tried to make me write with my right hand,but I refused, there was no equipment for lefties in those days. I can use a mouse left handed just reconfigure the buttons so that the right hand button is the one you use most.

    • bob schwalbaum says:

      I am a 100% leftie.. But I started off years ago using the mouse right handed as I was always sharing the computer with other “righties”

      Recently I tried to learn to use the mouse left-handed and found it utterly impossible.


  9. Kayla says:

    Happy Late Left Handed Birthday!!!

  10. yusuf says:

    i m lefty. I’v heard that lefties are good at sports and many other fields. Now i also play tennis but not so good as i alway lag behind coz of my weight ( 70 kg for 16 yrs). So just wanna know that whether i shld continue playing or not

  11. Saurav says:

    I am only left handed person in my family and friends. My friends play table tennis with me and they say that i am almost impossible to be beaten just because i become a problem for them. I even play hockey and people ask me if i am left handed when they see me with left handed hockey. I feel so special and unique of myself. I am proud of being myself a Left handed but i even have some problems that in my school and tuiton there are right handed tables but i am not able to write perfectly on them. But still i am proud of calling myself calling a Left Handed knowing that people like us have very less majority. SO three cheers for Left handed persons….

  12. shana says:

    Im a lefty.. The only one in my family to be exact.. so you can imagine what that feels like… i think of myself as being specail… My twin sister is right handed. All the desks at school are made for right handed people and i think its crazy to be honest..I can also use my right hand… I have to in the game of basketball but as a lefty i still think of myself as unstoppable!!! softball i aslo had to lean how to catch and bat with my right hand because i was always forgettn my glove

    • Kayla says:

      They should make it to where you buy a “removable” hold “arm rest” on the side for left handed people!! How convenient would that be for all of us!!!???!!! And it’s secure so it doesn’t fall… Only if…

  13. Kira says:

    i’m left handed. but i learned to use my right hand because when i was growing up everyone else around me was right handed. so now when i play softball i can bat left handed but i perfer to bat right becuase that’s the side all of my cousins and friend bat on. i can catch with both hands but i only can throw with my left. but when i use the coputer i use my right hand. am i the only person who does this?? but i love being a LEFTY!!!! πŸ™‚

    • john says:

      Hello KIra, its not crazy at all. I’m actually ambidextrous, at least i was at school. I do a lot of things right and left handed (except write- throw a ball-handle kitchen utensils etc.strictly left-handed) i consider myself left handed because i automatically go to do most things with my left without thinking about it. I am incidentally the only southpaw in my family. Southpaw is an expression i hear a lot as well

      • Kayla says:

        I also do the same, I move to the left without thinking, but with the can-opener i have to use my right hand (it’s difficult!!!)because all the family is right handed except me! On the computer I use my right hand, but pretty much everything else is left sided. The MAIN thing that is bad with being left handed for me is that when I write it smudges and it gets all on my wrist and LEFT side of my hand.!. And I dislike how stuff is more expensive for left handed people. We are all special us left handed!!! And when ever my coach demonstrates he always has to show ONLY me everything because I’m the only lefty in my class.!. πŸ˜€

        • patricia says:

          Hi Kayla;
          I was very lucky that my teacher taught me to turn my wrist downward when we were
          learning to join print…way back in grade 2 I think. No, you don’t have to end up slanting
          backwards…I hate that…you just turn your page to accomodate the angle of your left
          hand position. It perhaps is something that needed to be learned early on. Hang in there
          we left handers are special. Imagine Phil&Don Everly both being left handed…their
          mom&dad truly had amazing chromosomes! LOL

  14. leftychell says:

    I also can’t use the mouse on the right side.I totally do what Laura does.Diamond.just move the mouse where ever you feel comfortable.Why should we have to adapt???The rightys actually have to move the mouse back to the right side!!!Boo Hoo!!!:)

  15. Rob Hackney. says:

    I use a pad mouse which overcomes any left or right problem, they are available in Australia or on the net for around au$20 up.

    • Kayla says:

      Really?!? You have to buy one for $20?!? I can go down to the store and buy one for $5 if that!!! And I try using the mouse left-handed but it just doesn’t feel right! I will try the mouse-pad and thanks for saying that because I wouldn’t have even thought about it!!!

  16. Roland says:

    Left handed I am,I bat right handed, use left handed glove throw left handed,when I use a hammer righthanded,use a gun righthanded,cut steak,use barbeque utensils righthanded,when I was boxing I fought lefthanded,,use my left to write,are there others like me?

    • cookie says:

      I am also lefthanded. I am a 42 year old women. And when I was coming up you had no choice but to adapt to a right-handed enviroment. Basically all I do is right with my left hand. I eat with my right hand. I throw a ball and catch with my right hand. I’ll even paint my fingernails and toes. First I’ll paint my left and then my right. So as you can see through the years I’ve adapted very well. Now on the other hand my sister who is also left-handed does EVERYTHING with her left hand. She calls me a leftie rightee……LOL

  17. Leslie says:

    Further comment. Why try to adjust when there is no need to. The above mouse is ‘HP’ branded but is a Bluetooth ‘Targus Optical BT laptop Mouse’ and is medium sized.

  18. Leslie says:

    I use a Mac with a Targus optical wireless laptop mouse. Simply reversed mouse buttons from right to left. Works perfectly. Really annoys/confuses right-handers when they want to use my Mac and mouse. Payback. Being wireless it is easy to carry with you. It is not shaped for right handers.

  19. Laura says:

    I’ve “adapted” to almost everything else, but I just can’t use the mouse in my right hand. I’ve tried, I really have but it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t have to swap the buttons over though, I use my middle finger for the left button and my index finger for the right one – I tend to use the right button a lot for shortcuts and find it much quicker than using the keyboard. I’ve actually found it better to have the mouse on the left anyway, as it means I can use the number keypad with my right hand and the mouse with my left at the same time which impresses everyone in the office πŸ™‚
    I’ve found that quite often desks are all set up with the mouse on the right hand side and the lead’s not long enough to swap it over which is really annoying (and leftist!).
    So Diamond if it suits you to use the mouse on the left side then carry on – I take it you don’t grab the right-handers’ mouse even though it’s on your left side so they should be able to cope with yours being on their right side, so don’t let them bully you into changing!
    Oh and not all mice (mouses?) are shaped for right hands!

  20. Mouse says:

    Its not that hard to use the mouse with your right hand, i do it all the time because using my left hand was inconvenient and the mouse is shaped for a right hand. Its called adapting.

  21. jane childers says:

    why don’t you try using the mouse with your right hand. I can do it you should be able to get used to it.

  22. Diamond says:

    school is hard times when i use tue computer i have to move the mouse to the other side and the right handed people really dont like when i do that because it distracts them from their work because they keeep grabbing my mouse its hard i wish more ppl were left handed but thats what makes me who i am if i wasnt left handed then i would be just like everyone else

    • patricia says:

      Hello Diamond;
      Well, you are absolutely right…we are special and like no one else. I was trained to
      use the mouse right handedly as per the status quo…BUT, I can work the mouse and
      write at the same time!!! Try that right handers. hehehe