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15 Struggles That Most Left-Handed People Face. It’ll Make You Say “Why?!”

Being left-handed in a world predominantly designed for right-handed individuals can be challenging. Simple everyday things can become sources of frustration, from smudged ink to awkward desk arrangements. A user asked the forum, “For left-handed people, what is the most annoying thing about being left-handed?”

 Here are some responses he got!

DINING WITH A RIGHT-HANDED PERSON 

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“Sitting at a tight dinner table with a right-handed person seated directly to your left.”

BUMPING ELBOWS

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“What annoys me is how the right-handed person always acts like it’s my fault we are bumping elbows. I just smile and tell them to switch to their left hand.”

LOOKING AT MOOSE BUTT WHILE DRINKING COFFEE

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“My mother-in-law went to Alaska and brought me a coffee mug with a moose. As a left-hander, I look at a moose’s butt each time I drink from it.”

SILVER SURFER SYNDROME

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“You get graphite all over the side of your palm when using a pencil. I would come out of an exam with the tin man’s hand.”

STRUGGLING WITH THE WORST 

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“Oh, many times, I’m struggling to pick what’s the worst of all. Let’s see: can openers, ink-stained hands from writing, writing in ring binders, the constant surprise from people discovering my left-handedness, and so on.

 Religious fanatics saying, ‘I am some kind of demon for using my left hand,’ and being told, ‘I’ll die sooner than a right-handed person.'”

USING SCISSORS AND CAN OPENERS

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“Left-handed my whole life; coffee cups, can openers, and scissors have hurt me because they were made for right-handed people only.

 Those are the three big ones, but overall, it’s just a series of daily inconveniences.”

SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS

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“Right-handed spiral notebooks are also nearly impossible for left-handed people to use.”

RIGHT-HANDED DESKS

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“Right-handed desks that are small. When I stretch in class, I often find that my lower back on the left side becomes sore. Those desks that don’t cover the entire desk space but favor the right. Terrible.

 The other is when you work at a desk/table, and your left elbow collides with a right elbow.”

PROBLEM WITH PENS ATTACHED TO STRINGS

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“In places with pens attached to a string or cord of some type, it is always positioned in a way that causes it to go over whatever I’m signing. It’s a minor form of discrimination.”

MARINE RIFLE AND PISTOL RANGE

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“I went to the rifle and pistol range in the Marines. The range masters always made us lefties shoot first and only from the leftmost pits. They acted like we were lepers or something.”

WRITING SIDEWAYS

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“I used to do it in school all the time, but there is no way I can write straight up and down. My hand becomes a strange claw.”

GAMING ON A PC

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“The letters W, A, S, and D are on the wrong end of the keyboard, and standard keys like F, R, and space are cumbersome to use with a pinky. I commonly rebind the keys to Numpad, but it’s a chore, and with each new game, it’s hard to guess which actions to prioritize when binding.

 There are few decent ambidextrous gaming mice; left-handed ones are non-existent.”

GUILLOTINE PAPER SLICERS

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“I don’t use my right hand much, so I can never use them.”

WRITING ON A WHITEBOARD

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“As a left-handed teacher, I would say it is writing on a whiteboard. You can’t rest your hand on the board while writing because you would erase everything. Writing consistently is difficult if your hand can’t rest on the board.”

JUST FOR FUN

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“People who see you writing and then say, ‘Oh, are you left-handed?’ and I reply, ‘Nope, just doing this for fun.’”

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