16 things that left-handed people are honestly tired of experiencing

16 things that left-handed people are honestly tired of experiencing

In the modern world, you'd think that lefties are all accepted with open arms. But there are some things that people keep telling lefties and it gets really tiresome. 

Aah, the unicorns of the world. Left-handed people have had it hard throughout the history of the world. Now in the modern world, you'd think that lefties are all accepted with open arms. But there are some things that people keep telling lefties and it gets really tiresome. 

1. Giving Hi5s involves a lot of precision 

Hi5s can be problematic for lefties (Pixabay)
Hi5s can be problematic for lefties (Pixabay)

Have you ever gone in for an impromptu Hi5 with a right-handed person? It usually ends with the two of you smacking each other on the face. Hi5s are supposed to be spur of the moment, but when you hand them out with your left hand, be prepared to handle some accidental face injuries. 

2. Handshakes require a strategy

Before you go in for that shake, you have to pause and re-direct your dead right hand to take the shake instead (Pixabay)
Before you go in for that shake, you have to pause and re-direct your dead right hand to take the shake instead (Pixabay)

Every time a left-handed reaches out for a handshake, it turns into a confusing dance. Well, you can't really blame yourself for this one if you're left-handed. It is your preferred hand, after all. But before you go in for that shake, you have to pause and re-direct your dead right hand to take the shake instead. 

3. You can't use spiral notebooks

Thanks to the unique way in which some lefties write, spiral notebooks can be a real pain (Pixabay)
Thanks to the unique way in which some lefties write, spiral notebooks can be a real pain (Pixabay)

It's like the world hates lefties. Spiral notebooks can be a bane of a lefty's existence. Firstly, the spirals can really make it difficult to write fast. Secondly, it can make your wrist hurt. Thanks to the unique way in which some lefties write, spiral notebooks can be a real pain.

4. You need to get 'specially-made' instruments

Paul McCartney is a left-handed guitarist (Pixabay)
Paul McCartney is a left-handed guitarist (Pixabay)

Ever thought of picking up the guitar only to realize that the instrument was made for right-handed people? You have to specially order 'left-handed' instruments because people somehow feel like only right-handed people can play any instrument. Paul McCartney is a left-handed guitar player, so not all hope is lost!

5. Scissors are not your best friend

When a left-handed person tries to cut a piece of paper with right-handed scissors, it's a dangerous gamble they play (Pixabay)
When a left-handed person tries to cut a piece of paper with right-handed scissors, it's a dangerous gamble they play (Pixabay)

Trying to cut a piece of paper is a simple task for right-handed people. But when a left-handed person tries to cut a piece of paper with right-handed scissors, it's a dangerous gamble they play. Forget about the frustration of not being able to cut the paper properly, the lack of dexterity is going to pull an eye out. 

6. 'So which hand do you wear your watch in, then?' is something you hate to hear

Lefties are so tired of answering this question (Pixabay)
Lefties are so tired of answering this question (Pixabay)

Oh man, lefties are so tired of answering this question. Look, no one ever specified which hand watches went on, but the basic understanding is to wear your watch on the hand you least use. That would be the right for lefties. But the true answer to that question should be "Why do you care?"

7. Knocking into your deskmate with your elbow when you're writing

Do teachers ever consider a lefty's feelings when they're assigning them their desks? (Pixabay)
Do teachers ever consider a lefty's feelings when they're assigning them their desks? (Pixabay)

Do teachers ever consider a lefty's feelings when they're assigning them their desks? If your left-side is not on the empty side, then there's a big chance that you're going to bump into your deskmate several times while you're practicing your spelling in class. 

8. Eating in public needs an explanation

Some cultures actually view eating with your left hand as disrespectful or unclean (Pixabay)
Some cultures actually view eating with your left hand as disrespectful or unclean (Pixabay)

Don't you just love it when people look at you in awe when you eat with your left hand in public? Okay honestly, it isn't that pleasant. It feels like there's an added pressure in performing for the public. Some cultures actually view eating with your left hand as disrespectful or unclean. It still doesn't make lefties feel any better, though!

9. People are surprised that you write with your left hand

It can be a little distracting to watch jaws drop while you write neatly with your left hand (Pixabay) 
It can be a little distracting to watch jaws drop while you write neatly with your left hand (Pixabay) 

People who are lefthanded have a very distinct style of writing. It looks like they're writing down a secret. Is that why people are always curious when lefties write? It can be a little distracting to watch jaws drop while you write neatly with your left hand. 

10. Buttons were made to spite your existence

Why is it so hard to make more lefty-friendly things? (Pixabay)
Why is it so hard to make more lefty-friendly things? (Pixabay)

If there's one piece of clothing that was made to make a leftie's existence hell, it's the common, right-side buttons. People! Why is it so hard to make more lefty-friendly things? They do exist you know! Another piece of clothing that keeps managing to stress out lefties, it's zippers. Switching to elastic waistband might just save our sanity. 

11. Your IT guy keeps telling you to deal with 'normal' keyboards and mouse

It feels like right-handed people don't really want to see lefties happy, huh? (Pixabay)
It feels like right-handed people don't really want to see lefties happy, huh? (Pixabay)

Have you noticed how computer accessories were made for the right-handed people? Even the small' things that matter - the number pad is on the right side of the keyboard? And oh, let's not get started on the mouse. All these things were designed keeping right-handers in mind. It feels like right-handed people don't really want to see lefties happy, huh? 

12. Having to answer 'yes' to the question 'Are you left-handed?' more often than you like


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*Rolls eyes*
To point out the obvious, you should say yes. But if you want to play mind games with them, you should cook up an elaborate story. Talk about how you rescued a cursed frog that turned you left-handed. When the person asking you the question asks you if that's a joke, tell them that their question was one, too. 

13. Opening doors with handles can be really annoying

The struggle is real! (Pixabay)
The struggle is real! (Pixabay)

Look, guys, the struggle is real. Everything in this world was made with no regard for lefties! Opening a door is a task because of the handle's position, or because of the direction in which you have to turn the knob, which is always towards the right, by the way!

14. Accidentally reaching for a glass that is not yours

Some mix-ups can result in some really awkward situations (Pixabay)
Some mix-ups can result in some really awkward situations (Pixabay)

You're sitting at a shared table at a restaurant and you reach for the glass on the right and take a sip out of it. You realize that it isn't your drink, rather it belongs to the horrified person sitting to your left because the glass is theirs! These mix-ups can result in some really awkward situations. 

15. Science hates lefties because microscopes were made for right-handed people

Have you struggled at school during biology because the microscope was next to impossible to use? (Pixabay)
Have you struggled at school during biology because the microscope was next to impossible to use? (Pixabay)

The one field we'd expect a little sympathy from actually hates us. Science doesn't want lefties to succeed, okay? Most instruments are made for right-handed people. Have you struggled at school during biology because the microscope was next to impossible to use? It's because it was designed by and for right-handed people!

16. Vehicles are almost never left-hand friendly 

Most vehicles are not left-friendly (Pixabay)
Most vehicles are not left-friendly (Pixabay)

The cup holder is never easy to reach. If you drive a manual, it gets terrifying trying to shift gears (that disappears as you get accustomed to driving). But the truth is, most vehicles are not left-friendly. When will it be our time to shine? 

Note: This article is a lighthearted read meant to make people laugh, not intended to hurt any sentiments. We know the world isn't against lefties!

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