Do Left Handed People Die Earlier?
Do left handed people die earlier? Fortunately, after researching, there is no solid scientific proof that this is true. I've been dancing around this topic for months. As you could image, it's a troubling thought since my husband is left handed. But, in this blog, we address the good, the bad and the ugly.We are all about getting left handed facts out there and not just the rosy facts either. We want to share it all.
So, where did this all come from? The finding was advanced in two articles in the late 1980s and early 1990s by American psychologists Diane Halpern and Stanley Coren - both published in prestigious scientific journals, Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Could right handed items and tools be the proposed problem or the argument that Halpern and Coren were making? Could it really be true that 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year from using equipment meant for right-handed people? There is not any solid proof of this either. These left handed death statistics seem to just troll around the internet like an annoying fly.
But, we digressed...back to how did Halpern and Coren perform their studies.
The two psychologists performed their study in a very controlled environment..only in Southern California. Also, they only analyzed the already dead. And the way they found out if they were left handed or right handed is by contacting their families.
Looking at 2,000 cases, they saw that the average age at death of the left-handers was about nine years younger than of the right-handers. On that basis, they concluded that left-handers died earlier.
At first glance, you're like, maybe there is some truth to this. What did the researchers do wrong? Chris McManus explained that they only looked at the dead.
Left handed people are a lot more common (or out) now than they used to be, so - at least at the time the research was published - left-handers were on average younger than right-handers. There were a lot of left handers in hiding as it was not cool to be left handed back in the day. The world didn't even know that the amazing Lebron James was left handed until recently.
So, to all the lefties out there...no worries on dying early just because you're left handed. Live your amazing gifted life, be as happy as possible and just bask in your lefty glow.
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