This post is sponsored by BIC. Opinions are my own.
Happy Left Handers Day! I’m the only true lefty in my family, although my mom was born left handed…and my father in law is one as well. But none of my kids are, although each has a few things they do left handed (batting, cartwheels, etc). If you are left handed, you know some of the struggles of being one. Smudged papers, constant smudges of ink or pencil on the left pinky…fun mugs that face the wrong way, scissor struggles…can openers, credit card signature tablets… the list goes on and on of things that we lefties deal with. When our friends at BIC emailed me about a new survey they did for left handers day…and said they wanted to send a surprise, I HAD to say yes. A day to celebrate my left hand? YES PLEASE!
The most annoying part of being a lefty to me has ALWAYS been the smudging on my hand. It still happens. It happens when I’m writing a letter, making a list or signing a document. SO ANNOYING, amiright, other lefties?
To celebrate Left Handers Day (August 13, 2017), BIC commissioned a survey* that revealed the day-to-day struggles and feelings on being a “leftie”. Findings include:
Two-thirds of lefties (66%) frequently feel frustrated by everyday objects that are made for right-handed people, such as writing utensils or objects with right-sided handles
More than two-thirds of left-handed Americans (67%) have ruined an important document or project specifically because their left hand smeared the pen or pencil on it
Interestingly, that figure is higher for millennials as 80% of millennials surveyed recall a time that an important doc was ruined thanks to the smear
58% of lefties believe they are more creative than right-handed people
Luckily, BIC has created the new Gel-ocity Quick Dry gel pens that dry 3x faster** and come in a variety of vibrant colors for less smearing and more creativity! Please note: they have PINK and that makes me happy. After all, it doesn’t matter whether the pen sits in your left hand or your right – it’s the final creative product that counts! And now, thanks to the new BIC Gel-city Quick Dry pens, what you’ve created, stays created.
*The BIC® Handwriting Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 500 left-handed U.S. adults, ages 18 and older, between July 19 and July 25, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey.
**vs. BIC® Gel-ocity® Original, based on average dry times of blue, black and red. Individual dry times may vary by color
Dr. K. Lee Banks says
My son is left-handed. I never even thought about the issue of smudging what you’ve already written when your left hand travels over it! I’ll have to ask him about it and share this post!
Carol Cassara says
I had no idea we have a day to celebrate lefties! I’m so glad that we have smudge free pens now, especially since all the notebooks are usually designed for right handed people. It’s not easy to be a leftie.
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
My Grandmother was a nurse and she was left handed, they put her through hell in school when she was little trying to ‘force’ her to switch to her right hand
Angela Bethea says
Happy Left Handers day! My bestfriend since highschool is left handed and ahe told me that her parents in not a leftie but all of her siblings were.
Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says
I have quite a few left-handers in my life and I have always felt bad for them. Notebooks and such never quite worked for them. I am sure they are thrilled that smudge free pens exist.
Jillian Spellman says
I am left handed. I never realized this was an issue just because I am left handed, but now it makes sense.
I have always been right-handed, but my mother is left-handed. I’m not sure if she experiences smudging, but I’ll tell her about these pens, nonetheless. 🙂
A lot of my family are left handers and I feel like I should have known about this holiday sooner, LOL!! Happy Left Handers Day!!
This is the first time I heard about the left handers day. My daughter is a lefty, she’ll be delighted to know there are pens for lefties.
Candy Olivares says
I am happy to hear that BIC is helping out the left handed folks out there. It would be nice to not get ink all over our hands.
Joely Smith says
I had no idea it was left handers day! Plus, being a righty I never considered needing smudge free pens but it makes sense! Those pens look comfortable to use too!
What the heck?! how is it I’m a lefty and didn’t know we had our very own special day?! Well, this is going in the calendar for future years and yes I’ll be partying hard! Ha! I’ll have to buy some of these pens for myself and my older brother who’s a lefty too! (we’re the only lefty’s in our family, and we have a BIG family!)
This is really neat! This is a great way to avoid smudging. It would be great to try these for back to school.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Thank you so much! My kids aren’t lefties, but they still somehow manage to get ink all over themselves. Thank you!