• Question: why do right-handed people supposibly live longer thean left-handed people?

    Asked by mrmumble to Damien, Rachael, Suzi, Tim on 24 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Suzi Gage

      Suzi Gage answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      Hi @mrmumble
      I have heard this being said before as well, but I don’t think it’s true. Some people have suggested that in the past left-handed people struggled because tools and suchlike were all designed for right handed people, which may have given them a disadvantage and led to an earlier death. Nowadays this isn’t the case, so I don’t think it’s true any more that there’s a difference in life expectancy depending on what handed you are.

      What do you think? Are you left-handed?

    • Photo: Tim Fosker

      Tim Fosker answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Hi @mrmumble

      I agree with Suzi. I don’t see any reason why right-handed people should live longer than left-handed people these days.

      If it were true, would learning to use the other hand mean you would live longer 😉
      It probably would if you lived in Feudal Japan, since nearly all sword skills were taught using the right hand!