Why this post — left-handedness by the numbers ? Well, Evans on Marketing is one of the rare people who is left-handed. And the chart below gives me a chuckle. And hopefully you, too. 🙂
Handedness is a demographic. But seldom reported. For a traditional demographic discussion, see Future of the Smartphone for E-commerce.
Worldwide Left-Handedness by the Numbers
To begin, check out this YouTube video. It highlights some famous left-handed people.
Now, we look at the left-handedness by the numbers. As Niall McCarthy reports for Statista:
“How common are real lefties across different countries? Many studies have been conducted gauging the prevalence of left-handed people around the world. In addition, Web site leftyfretz.com collected the results and compiled a country comparison. The data presented in this infographic mostly come from separate studies from different years. For example, the European countries listed are from a 2009 study by I.C. McManus. That study found the Netherlands with one of the world’s highest prevalence of left-handedness at 13.23 percent.”
“The United States rates second with a rate of 13.1 percent. While neighboring Canada has 12.8 percent. Elsewhere, rates of left-handedness rate far lower. In fact, China represents a good example. According to leftyfretz.com, only 3.5 percent of people in China predominantly use their left hand. Although that is higher than the rate recorded in many historical studies. It is thought that negative Chinese attitudes towards left-handedness are one of the primary reasons people attempt to mainly use their right hand. Indeed, lefties often get bullied, harassed, and labelled abnormal.”