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On handedness: I am ...

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Strongly right-handed
  10015 votes / 47%
Right-handed, but not strongly
  5353 votes / 25%
Ambidextrous
  1331 votes / 6%
Left-handed, but not strongly
  1571 votes / 7%
Strongly left-handed
  1943 votes / 9%
I don't use hands
  899 votes / 4%
21112 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Mixed-handedness (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:28PM (#43252453)

    I am apparently "mixed-handed", according to Wikipedia. I can only write left-handed, and I prefer to use a fork left-handed, but for everything else I'm right-handed.

  • Missing option (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:32PM (#43252497)
    Strongly right handed, but force myself to use my left hand.
    I have found it smart to work on making my left hand more useful. I spend a lot of my free time working on old cars, and motorcycles. Sometimes you just can't reach with your right hand, and it is very "handy" to have developed a reasonable amount of dexterity in your non-dominant hand.
  • Re:Missing option (Score:5, Interesting)

    by zzottt (629458) on Friday March 22, 2013 @06:39PM (#43252555) Journal
    I have the same opinion. My trick is to focus on my left hand thumb before I try doing anything detail specific with my left hand. In focusing on the thumb, I find it easier to wrap my mind around using it like my right hand. Generally it works pretty well.
  • Your comment makes me think. Only after my right ear became half-deaf ( "noise-deaf" ) in the French Foreign Legion, from shooting rifles and rocket-launchers without ear protection, the left-handed side of my body gradually became more skilled, as if by compensation. I had never before thought on the possible link between hearing acuity and handedness. This is the most thought-provoking Slashdot poll I ever read :-)
  • I was on the fence (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Grayhand (2610049) on Friday March 22, 2013 @07:22PM (#43252975)
    It's kind of tricky because I tended to be ambidextrous at a young age and would switch hands when writing. The teachers forced me to use my right hand, grew up in the 60s. I'm naturally left handed and have all the left handed traits. I can sculpt equally well with both hands, I often work both sides of a large sculpture at the same time, and use tools with both. I fence and both shoot pistols and bow equally well right and left handed. What I find is everyone is born with a dominate hand but left handed people are often forced to use their right hand and tend to be ambidextrous more often than right handed people. It makes a straight answer difficult but since I can do most things equally well with either hand I had to answer ambidextrous. It comes in handy because when one hand gets tired I can switch without breaking stride. It's upsetting teachers especially in the past tend to pressure kids to be right handed.
  • I was switched... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by theshibboleth (968645) on Friday March 22, 2013 @07:31PM (#43253067)
    I was switched by a stupid teacher from left-handed to right-handed... I blame some of my coordination issues on this. I assume this poll is asking about current usage as opposed to biological predisposition; if the former I'm moderately right-handed; if the latter I'm left-handed. Interestingly even so there are still certain things I do instinctively with my left hand like holding objects, etc. I write with my right hand, but in general I feel almost like I'm doing the equivalent of brute-force attacks when I use my right hand.
  • by Tarq666 (545095) on Friday March 22, 2013 @09:14PM (#43253801)
    I'm left-handed and have noticed that a lot of other people in the English education field here in Japan are also left-handed. At one school 9 out of 10 of the teachers were left-handed and I went to a seminar recently where all 6 attendees were left-handed. Are there any other language teachers here? Have you noticed anything similar?
  • Re:Mixed-handedness (Score:4, Interesting)

    by hardburlyboogerman (161244) <kwsmith41747@windstream.net> on Saturday March 23, 2013 @09:33AM (#43256315) Homepage Journal

    I trained as a sniper long ago.I can shoot equally well either way.I can put a bullet where I want is up to a mile range without a scope.Any longer range using a scope,I'm definitely right handed.
    I learned how to write left handed when I was in the first grade after my right hand was crushed by a home delivery milk truck in the early 1960s.Took forever to heal and I've kept it up.Drives the banks crazy because I sign the checks I write with either hand.Love messing with their heads.
    My late Mother was left handed but was retrained to write right handed.My sister Terry is definitely a lefty.
    Handedness may be hard wired but can be modified.I'm a prime example.

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