15 Struggles Only Left-Handed People Will Understand

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Ever wondered how the other 10% live? From the pesky spiral notebooks to the elusive left-handed scissors, left-handers silently combat a series of daily battles only they truly understand. Stay with us as we delve into the 15 struggles of living life ‘left.’ So, dear southpaws, this one’s for you!

Ergonomic Handle Scissors

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Picture this: you’re ready to tackle that craft project; you reach for those so-called “ergonomic handle” scissors, and bam! The struggle is real. You see, most scissors are designed for the majority, the 90% right-handed population. Thus, these seemingly harmless tools become an instrument of discomfort and inefficiency for lefties.

The ergonomic handle, meant to fit naturally and comfortably in the right hand, digs into the wrong places when held in the left hand. So not only do you end up with jagged edges on your perfect paper cut-outs, but you’re also left with an imprint of the handle on your palm. Talk about a craft-astrophe!

Pencil and Ink Smudges

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Every lefty’s nemesis in an otherwise perfectly crafted piece of art or simply a handwritten note. The moment you glide your left hand across the page, pencil or ink in hand, you’re essentially signing up for a smudge-fest.

It’s like a rite of passage. The smudges are not just on the paper; they adorn your hand like a battle scar, a testament to your struggles in a right-handed world. Left-handers, we salute your ability to rise above the smudges and keep writing!

The Medieval Torture Devices: Three-Ring Binders and Spiral-Bound Notebooks

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While right-handers enjoy a smooth glide as they write across a page, lefties are left battling the monstrous metal rings obstructing their path. These supposed ‘tools for organization’ become instruments of discomfort and annoyance for the left-handers.

And if you’re thinking, “Well, why not just start from the back of the notebook?” try explaining that to a teacher who doesn’t comprehend the struggles of the left-handers.

Bumping Elbows With Righties at the Dinner Table

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Picture this: you’re at a bustling dinner party, seated to the right of a right-handed individual. As soon as the main course arrives, it’s like you’ve entered a battlefield. Your left elbow, poised for action, consistently collides with the right elbow of your neighbor in an awkward dance as you both reach for the cutlery.

It’s a delicate ballet of dodges and jabs, an unintentional test of reflexes and dexterity. Instead of savoring the flavors, you’re engaged in a silent, elbow-to-elbow combat.

Playing Video Games

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Video game controllers seem to be designed by and for the right-handed majority, with key buttons and joysticks optimally placed for the right thumb and fingers. Can you imagine the awkwardness of maneuvering a character with your non-dominant hand while your dominant hand is assigned to the “lesser” buttons?

It’s like playing a complex symphony on a backward piano! And let’s not even get started on handheld gaming devices – it’s clear who had a hand in their design (pun intended!).

Learning New Crafts Can Be a Hurdle

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Imagine eagerly signing up for a pottery class, only to realize that the pottery wheel spins in the ‘wrong’ direction. Or, consider the prospect of learning to knit, with instructions invariably written for the right-handed majority.

It’s akin to deciphering a cryptic puzzle – you’re wrestling with mirror images, trying to ‘translate’ the steps and motions into left-handed equivalents. It’s like you’re learning a new language, but all the textbooks are printed backward!

Using a Computer Mouse

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Most mice are designed for right-hand use, placing the majority of functional buttons under the index finger of the right hand. When a left-hander uses a standard mouse, they either have to reach across their body awkwardly or use their non-dominant hand, which feels like trying to write with a potato.

Sure, you can buy a left-handed mouse, but considering their scarcity and the fact that they’re rarely available at public computers, it’s an imperfect solution to a right-handed world’s oversight.

Coffee Mugs Designed for Right Handers

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Yes, you heard it right! Those dandy little cups with quirky quotes or cute designs are often a cruel joke to the left-handed world. Designed with the handle on the right, they’re a perfect fit for right-handers, who can easily sip their morning joe while showing off the mug’s design.

But for lefties? They’re stuck looking at a blank mug while the world admires the funny quote on the other side. It’s a classic case of “Right Privilege” brewing in your morning routine.

Dry Erase Boards Are Impossible to Maneuver

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You’ll understand the struggle if you’ve ever tried to write on one. As your hand glides across the board, following the trail of your precious thoughts, an unwanted sidekick follows suit – your hand instantly erasing every word you write. It’s like a magic trick you never wanted to perform.

The right-handed folk in the room glance at the board, then back at you, their faces filled with confusion. Meanwhile, there you stand, your beautifully articulated point lost in a smudge of whiteboard marker. Life sure knows how to throw a curveball at the lefties!

Power Tools Could Send You to the E.R.

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You see, most power tools are designed for right-handed operation, with safety switches, handles, and blades laid out in an orientation perfect for righties. But for our left-handed compatriots? Not so much.

Using a circular saw designed for a right-hander is not only awkward and cumbersome for a lefty but also downright dangerous. One wrong move and it’s a quick trip to the emergency room. So, to all the power tool manufacturers, how about a bit of love for the lefties?

Can Openers Are a Nightmare

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Ah, can openers. Those seemingly innocuous kitchen gadgets that right-handers easily maneuver, turning their gears and popping open cans in mere seconds. But for the left-handed folks among us, they transform into nightmarish contraptions.

Picture yourself standing in the kitchen, a can of soup in one hand, a can opener in the other, and you’re locked in a fiercely asymmetrical battle. You twist and turn, but the gear bites the air instead of the can. It’s an arduous, patience-testing ordeal that leaves you questioning the supposed progressiveness of kitchen technology. 

Lefty Friendly Desks Are a Rare Find

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Imagine the joy of discovering a desk where your elbow isn’t constantly battling for space or your hand doesn’t smudge all your brilliant thoughts as you swiftly pen them down.

It’s the little things that matter, like the fact that the tiny drawer on the left side of these rare unicorns of desks, explicitly designed for your convenience, won’t jab into your ribs every time you reach for your notebook. It’s a tiny victory in the daily left-handed struggle, a nod to the uniqueness of being a lefty in a right-handed world.

Solving Crosswords

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By design, Crossword puzzles favor the right-handed majority. How so, you ask? Imagine this: a pleasant Sunday morning, you’re enjoying your coffee, armed with a pen and the crossword section, ready to show off your vocabulary prowess. But alas, your left-handedness becomes an Achilles heel.

As you write, your hand smothers the clues coming up, creating a smudged mess and denying you the joy of an unspoiled puzzle. On the other hand (pun totally intended), righties can effortlessly glide through the grid, their view of the clues unobstructed and pristine. 

Accidentally Sipping Someone Else’s Drink

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For right-handers, this one might seem a bit off the wall. Picture this: you’re at a social gathering, drinks are flowing, and everyone’s glass is placed on the right side of their plate, the universal “norm.” You, the left-handed rebel, naturally place your drink to the left. So, what happens next? Someone grabs your glass in the flurry of toasts, laughter, and stories, thinking it’s theirs. Boom!

You’re left drink-less, watching as your gin and tonic (or apple juice for the teetotalers) gets sipped by someone else. An underrated struggle, indeed, but a real one for the left-handed legion.

Using Communal Pens at Banks

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Here’s a scenario every leftie knows all too well: You’re at the bank, ready to fill out a deposit slip, and there it is – the communal pen, securely tethered to the counter as if it might make a break for it. But the real crime here is not the pen’s unjust incarceration. No, it’s the fact that these pens are invariably designed for right-handed use.

You pick it up, and the cord recoils, pulling the pen in an awkward direction that’s meant for right-handers. You’re left wrestling with it, all while trying to scrabble together some semblance of legible handwriting. A deposit slip shouldn’t resemble a wrestling match, should it?

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    A computer science enthusiast with a keen interest in technology and games, Mitchelle (Mitch) contributes a cutting-edge perspective to the Frenz Hub writing team, integrating her academic knowledge with her personal passions

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