…and of course this fella, Jimi Hendrix. What have they all got in common?
The pic of Hendrix is the clue. Yep, they are (or were) all left-handed.
I’m back on Microtrends again, I’m afraid, and I’ve just read a chapter that’s quite close to my heart – the increase in the number of left-handed people. It’s important to me not because I’m left-handed myself, but because my 5 year old daughter is. It was very evident from an early age. When she was literally weeks old you could already see that she was favouring her left hand over her right (when painting landscapes…she’s very advanced).
The book doesn’t touch on what makes one person left-handed and another right-handed (which I’m planning on looking up on t’internet very soon), but rather on the steady increase in left-handed people in society. Let’s be clear, a lot of the apparent increase is cultural. It’s much less common these days to force a naturally left-handed child into being right-handed – it’s part of society’s increasing tolerance of many things – but there are also some scientific reasons. For instance, children born to mothers over 40 are, according to one study, 128% more likely to be left-handed than those born to mothers in their 20s. And the average age of mums is on the up.
I can tell you from personal experience, you don’t have to watch your daughter struggling with a pair of right-handed scissors for very long to seek out a left-handed pair. And this is what I love about Microtrends. If you’re a manufacturer of any product that is designed to be used in one hand, then you’d better think about making a left-handed version pretty soon, and getting it into some mainstream retailers. Ever tried using a BlackBerry as a leftie? And that given the company’s co-CEO is left-handed!
Still, it’s nice to know that my little girl is in good company. Look at this list of lefties…Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, Picasso, Michelangelo, Beethoven, John McEnroe, Navratilova, Seinfeld and every US President since Gerald Ford, save peanut-farmer Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush (thank the Lord).
Mind you, I’m ignoring The Boston Strangler (who surely needed to use both hands?) and Jack the Ripper…