We all know someone who seems to ѕтrυggle with their lefts and rights on a daily basis, and sometimes you wish there was an easy solution to free them from the ‘daily ѕтrυggle.’ One woman may have discovered the solution.
The viral clip, shared two days ago by her sister Eliza, has racked up a massive 7.3 million views, and TikTokers are losing their minds over her decision to get ‘L’ and ‘R’ tattoos on her hands.
“My sister doesn’t know her left and right, so she got them tattooed on her lмғao,” Eliza captioned the post.
Part of the tattooing process was shared on TikTok. Credit: TikTok/@eizamurphy
As seen in the video above, the sister appears to have the letters ‘L’ and ‘R’ tattooed on each of her hands, just below the thumb.
It seems that viewers were flabbergasted by the whole thing, with one person commenting: “I WOULD DO THIS THEN ACCIDENTALLY GET THEM TATTOOED ON THE WRONG SIDES.”
Another added: “I think I would question myself three times a day if I got the tattoos on the right hands.”
“I think I’m the only one left on earth to know left and right without thinking,” a third person said.
A fourth person quipped: “Bro when someone says ‘ok which way again?’ I panιc.”
Someone else suggested: “So just making the ‘L’ shape with your thumb and index finger of your left hand isn’t easy enough?”
“I used to ѕтrυggle too until I broke my left arm now I have a massive scar to help me know my lefts and rights,” another added.
Gerard Gormley, Senior Academic General Practitioner at Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedical Sciences, has identified ‘distractions’ as a possible reason why some people can’t tell their lefts from their rights.
Gormley told The Independent, using medical students as an example: “We investigated the impact of such interruptions on medical students’ ability to correctly discriminate right from left in a study published in Medical Education.
“While objectively measuring 234 medical students’ ability to distinguish right from left, we subjected them to the typical ambient noise of a ward environment and interrupted them with clinical questions.
“Our findings were startling. Even the background noise of a ward environment was enough to throw some medical students off when making right-left judgements.
“Asking them a series of questions while they were trying to distinguish right from left had an even greater impact. The ‘distraction effect’ was greater for older and female students.
“An individual’s ability to self-determine how well they could distinguish right from left was also often imprecise.
“So many students thought they were good at distinguishing right from left when, objectively measured, they weren’t.”