Are there more left-handed people in societies where the written word flows right to left?

<img src="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/12/GettyImages-182222423-474854a.jpg?quality=90&#038;resize=620,413" srcset="https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/12/GettyImages-182222423-474854a.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=720,479 720w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/12/GettyImages-182222423-474854a.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=576,383 576w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/12/GettyImages-182222423-474854a.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=360,239 360w, https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/4/2021/12/GettyImages-182222423-474854a.jpg?quality=90&amp;resize=180,119 180w, " sizes="(max-width: 620px) 100vw, 620px" width="620" height="413" class="wp-image-106539 alignnone size-landscape_thumbnail" alt="Are there more left-handed people in societies where the written word flows right to left? © Getty Images" title="Are there more left-handed people in societies where the written word flows right to left? © Getty Images" /> <p>Quite the reverse. Various surveys have found that the highest incidence of left-handedness is in Western countries. The Netherlands, the USA and Canada lead with around 13 per cent of the population being <a href="https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/why-are-some-people-left-handed/">left-handed</a> and the UK is only just behind.</p>
<p>The countries that use right-to-left writing systems are predominantly Arab and Asian and they all have left-handedness rates below 6 per cent. In Muslim countries, the advantage of smudge-free handwriting is outweighed by the fact that the left hand is considered unclean. Writing, eating and shaking hands is all done with the right hand and naturally left-handed children are taught to use their right hands for these tasks from an early age.</p>
<p><strong>Asked by: Javier Rodríguez, Madrid</strong></p>
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