I recently blogged about the Wall Street Journal article on the health risks of being left-handed. I’ve just come across a video, also posted by the Wall Street Journal, that asks the question Does Being Left-Handed Lead to Success? (Actually, I just realized this video is also embedded in the article, which is confusing because it has a later upload date than the article and includes some conflicting information.)
I think it’s safe to say that we really need more research on the topic of being left-handed and what it means.
Now, I’m not discrediting anyone in particular, but there seems to be a lot of conflicting information about being a lefty.
And who uses Oscar de la Hoya as a top example of a lefty?
Sometimes, we’re smarter and more creative. Sometimes that’s just an illusion. Sometimes we make more money. Sometimes we make less. Sometimes it’s genetic. Sometimes it’s only partially genetic.
The brain is definitely involved, but it depends on just how left-handed you are and which side of your brain you use for language. (How that’s all determined is beyond me.)
The video talks about lefties being more “variable” and having more creative thinking.
We do tend to have advantages in sports, partially because of being in the minority. Right-handed people just don’t know what to do with lefties, I guess. (I’m not in this sports advantaged category.)
Anyway, it seems like a lot of these studies can actually be discredited as being flawed. So, I’m not banking on any of the information at this point. I know I’m not the only one who finds these studies somewhat amusing. How about you?