Handedness

Post Reply
Tony Williams
Posts: 1294
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:51 pm
Location: Somewhere in England
Contact:

Handedness

Post by Tony Williams » Mon May 30, 2016 11:54 am

Not sure if this is the right place for it, but I was interested to read some correspondence in New Scientist about right or left handedness in telephone use. In discussing this with my BH, something curious emerged: we are both right-handed, but I have always picked up the handset with my left hand (and therefore listened with my left ear), whereas my BH is the opposite.

Which is more common, and is it to do with handedness or (as one correspondent said) just better hearing in one ear? Using the left hand is logically better for right-handed people, as it leaves the right hand free to operate the phone, make notes etc., but that isn't why I do it - it just comes naturally to me.

Any thoughts?

User avatar
chaggle
Posts: 2333
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:01 am

Re: Handedness

Post by chaggle » Mon May 30, 2016 12:26 pm

I hold the phone with my left hand leaving my favoured right hand free to do other stuff. It's not a conscious thing but it's why I do it. If I pick up with my right hand I soon switch it over to my left.
Don't blame me - I voted remain :con

User avatar
Ketchup
Posts: 678
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:15 pm
Location: Around the bend
Contact:

Re: Handedness

Post by Ketchup » Mon May 30, 2016 6:09 pm

I guess it has something to do with 'right brain / left brain'.

I am right-handed and always pick up the phone with my left hand and put it to my left ear - pen possibly ready in right hand. In fact, my landline, an Easicom 1000 apparatus, must have been made for a right-handed person - with the receiver on the left and the screen and buttons to the right.
And yet, if I need to copy type something (obviously using both hands), the page that I am looking at to copy from has got to be to the left of the computer.
~ Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday ~

User avatar
Tinkerbell
Posts: 826
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:40 pm
Location: Andalucia, Spain

Re: Handedness

Post by Tinkerbell » Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:19 pm

I am right handed and have to have the phone to my left ear, must be just habit, even though my hearing is better in my right ear....although hearing is getting worse in both - eh?, what?

DrS
Posts: 153
Joined: Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:43 pm

Re: Handedness

Post by DrS » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:20 pm

I'm right handed and had right-ear problems which left me with slightly better hearing (mainly psychologically so) in my left ear. A few months ago I'd have said, therefore, that the reason I held the phone to my left ear was for hearing reasons. But recently, my left side hearing has deteriorated and it's now noticeably better on the right hand side, but even when I'm struggling to hear out of my left ear, I still have to have the phone that side. I don't know whether it's because my right hand is then free to do whatever, or habit, but it's a clear preference, and it's certainly now not connected with better hearing.

Post Reply