At a young age, children begin to learn a dominant hand that will predict how they eat, write, and throw a ball. Parents obsess over this development process with the belief that one hand dominance is more ideal than the other – right-handed people write neater or left-handed people are more creative minded. 

sleep schedules of right vs left handies

The reality is, it’s true that a person’s dominant hand is tightly correlated with several different components of one’s identity. From productivity to sleep schedules, a new survey revealed just how different these two types of people are. 

While people consistently said they go to bed before a modest 11:00 p.m., right-handers are more likely to be up bright and early. The average righty wakes up between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m., while the average lefty enjoys an extra hour or two of beauty rest rising closer to 7:00 a.m. Righties can function on less sleep averaging around seven hours, while lefties strive for a solid eight. You may think this would lead to an increased caffeine intake for righties, but most people across the board say they drink two cups of coffee each day. graph displaying left vs right hand social media use during wokr A dominant hand can also signify potential productivity on the job. About a third of righties say they spend 15 minutes or less of work time on social media – while only 16% of lefties can say the same. Nearly 35% of left-handers spend upwards of an hour scrolling through apps instead of actually getting their work done. Not only does this absorb your time you could spend on other tasks, but it can also serve as a real distraction that steals your focus for the entirety of the day. 

In terms of what your writing preference can reveal about you, this is really only the beginning. It can also determine which days and where people work most efficiently and offer insights on brain functioning. But ultimately, this preference is up to what’s most comfortable for the child. While training a child to write with their left or right-hand as an infant may seem like a smart idea it can lead to significant frustration so it’s better to just let the child naturally develop a preference. 

mapping out left vs right hand productivity by day