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(BBC-US)   Why do you bite your nails? No, really. Why?   (bbc.com) divider line 37
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2014-07-11 02:33:00 PM  
I don't bite my nails, but I do pick them. Usually when I'm anxious or bored. And it's really only my ring finger and pinky.
 
2014-07-11 02:39:23 PM  
Disgusting habit. I used to do it when I was a teenager. Then one day I tasted something bad and I was like "Wait, a minute, who knows what sh*t (including sh*t) is under my nails that I'm putting in my mouth?" so I stopped doing it immediately.
 
2014-07-11 03:04:58 PM  
Never did. I figure it's probably some nervous thing.

Sigmund Freud blamed it on arrested psycho-sexual development, at the oral stage (of course). Typical to Freudian theories, oral fixation is linked to myriad causes

The Republican party has nothing on Freud when it comes to obsessing with having a cock in his mouth.
 
2014-07-11 03:10:10 PM  
Sometimes when they're too long, one gets slightly torn, and I don't want it to tear down into the living stuff where it will hurt.
Occasionally I'm playing a guitar and I didn't realize that one was long enough to be a problem, and I don't have time to go find clippers or scissors.

Those are my big reasons, I guess.
 
2014-07-11 03:10:56 PM  
Never had that habit. Did know a girl who used to bite them so low she'd be bleeding. *shudder*
 
2014-07-11 03:57:56 PM  
I don't give a shiat. I've bit my nails my whole life and I don't plan on stopping now. Whatever filth is under there, it has just made me stronger.
 
2014-07-11 04:19:35 PM  
Because I have thin nails that tear easily, one tore for no apparent reason, and can't find a nail clipper at that very moment.
 
2014-07-11 04:51:45 PM  

Confabulat: I don't give a shiat. I've bit my nails my whole life and I don't plan on stopping now. Whatever filth is under there, it has just made me stronger.


Ditto.
 
2014-07-11 04:54:42 PM  
Primitive self cleaning behaviors.   Like a cockroach or cat.  You have instinctive ways of keeping clean, and preventing buildup of potential infections.
 
2014-07-11 04:57:56 PM  
Like most things people do, I bite my nails because I *enjoy* it.

You can debate the merits all you want....I could even make a reasonable, logical argument (after all, nails grow until they break.  It's reasonable to maintain them at an appropriate length.  Biting my nails requires to special tools and allows me to get my nails shorter than any clippers could.  Aside from that, studies suggest it can even boost the immune system).  Still, the thing is, I enjoy it.  So I do it.

It costs nothing and it makes me happy.
 
2014-07-11 05:08:21 PM  
I do it from habit.  I've been using invisalign for several months now though, so my teeth aren't very bitey.  Now I have long slightly nibbled nails.
 
2014-07-11 05:09:27 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Like most things people do, I bite my nails because I *enjoy* it.

You can debate the merits all you want....I could even make a reasonable, logical argument (after all, nails grow until they break.  It's reasonable to maintain them at an appropriate length.  Biting my nails requires to special tools and allows me to get my nails shorter than any clippers could.  Aside from that, studies suggest it can even boost the immune system).  Still, the thing is, I enjoy it.  So I do it.

It costs nothing and it makes me happy.


For some reason rule 34 comes to mind.
 
2014-07-11 05:12:57 PM  
Is this a voight kampff test?
 
2014-07-11 05:13:20 PM  
Mostly because it drives my mother nuts, that's why.
 
2014-07-11 05:14:08 PM  
Because long nails make my nose bleed when I pick it?  Duh.
 
2014-07-11 05:17:17 PM  
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2014-07-11 05:57:19 PM  
"Some have argued that nail biters are more likely to be alcoholic, but actual evidence is thin (Thinkstock)"

Uh huh.. Go on..
 
2014-07-11 06:52:55 PM  
I bite mine so close when I'm anxious. I don't even know I am doing it. Now I have the gel nails put on so thats put a stop to it. My dad used to bite his nails like that. I used to wonder if I picked it up from him.

//CSB
//lost my dad in 2001
 
2014-07-11 07:05:06 PM  
I can't speak for anyone else, but my nail biting verges on OCD. I had an easier time losing a hundred pounds than I have had trying to stop biting them. I've gotten to the point where I mostly don't bite my fingernails (instead, I scrape them with my teeth, which seems to quell the urge), but I simply can't stop biting my thumb nails and any amount of stress tends to set me right back to biting all of them (especially the ones on my left hand, for some reason).

I suspect that there's a genetic component. My father bit his, and both of my paternal my brothers do, including one that was separated from the family when he was a baby.

/ And yes, I fully acknowledge that it's disgusting. I'd love to be able to quit doing it.
 
2014-07-11 07:10:37 PM  

scottydoesntknow: I don't bite my nails, but I do pick them. Usually when I'm anxious or bored. And it's really only my ring finger and pinky.


I'll pick mine to keep them clean.  People with grimy shiat under their nails are gross.
 
2014-07-11 07:21:43 PM  
Had a girlfriend who used to gnaw on her cuticles. She once said her grandma admonished her by saying "No man will want to marry a woman with fingers like that!"
 
2014-07-11 07:36:08 PM  
Humans didn't evolve to use stainless steel tools to cut our nails.  That's why I use Paleo Nailclippers, namely my canine teeth.
 
2014-07-11 07:43:37 PM  

aerojockey: Humans didn't evolve to use stainless steel tools to cut our nails.  That's why I use Paleo Nailclippers, namely my canine teeth.


using tools is one of the things we are known for. my stainless steel clippers will last forever, and have a file, so i can cut and shape my nails to look as normal as possible.

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2014-07-11 08:52:46 PM  
Because they get long. Sometimes I clip them, but usually use my teeth to tear pieces off.
 
2014-07-11 09:07:54 PM  
to trim them went they get too long, that is about the extent of it
 
2014-07-11 09:15:22 PM  

some_beer_drinker: aerojockey: Humans didn't evolve to use stainless steel tools to cut our nails.  That's why I use Paleo Nailclippers, namely my canine teeth.

using tools is one of the things we are known for. my stainless steel clippers will last forever, and have a file, so i can cut and shape my nails to look as normal as possible.


I feel like that thumb has a disease.
 
2014-07-11 09:41:46 PM  

danknerd: to trim them went they get too long, that is about the extent of it


Yep. I can't stand how the nail feels after it is cut with trimmers. The only time in my life that they have been cut with a tool was when I was a little kid and for a short period when I had braces to correct a crossbite and I had a mechanism that prevented me from closing my jaw all the way until the one tooth crossed over from behind to in front of the lower set.
 
2014-07-11 10:11:35 PM  
Habit.

I remember watching my dad do it when I was an ankle biter. But I only do it because I hate the thought of having a shiat collector on my fingers. Could be OCD, but when I saw my friend's finger nails full to the brim of black whatever, it drove me up a wall (grew up in the sticks on a hobby farm. Don't want everything I dug through under a hard to clean surface).
 
2014-07-11 11:33:02 PM  
I don't but if they get too long I'll pick the hell out of um.
 
2014-07-11 11:42:56 PM  
I think it's hereditary.  My mom does it, I do it and my kids do it.  My wife doesn't.
 
2014-07-12 02:16:07 AM  
Nope, never.  Probably because my teeth are so crooked that I'd be more likely to carve off a knuckle or something ;)
 
2014-07-12 04:36:55 AM  
I do it to ensure I have some dirt or virus to prepare my body for the rest of you farks.

Don't have any kids, but if I did, I would insist on them eating dirt and peanuts and honey.


There is a reason, people.
 
2014-07-12 06:20:17 AM  
Because I can
 
2014-07-12 07:58:39 AM  
I don't get nail biting. My mom was apparently a nail biter when she was younger, but she doesn't really do it anymore.

I even tried doing it once or twice just to see why someone would and came away with the feeling that it wasn't remotely pleasant.
 
2014-07-12 09:18:14 AM  
An old plumber told me that one of the first days on the job he was told the unwritten rules---shiat flows downhill and dont bite your nails.
 
2014-07-12 10:17:15 AM  

ikanreed: Primitive self cleaning behaviors.   Like a cockroach or cat.  You have instinctive ways of keeping clean, and preventing buildup of potential infections.


That is what I always assumed. It isn't as if we had nail clippers 2000000 uears ago.
 
2014-07-12 11:27:11 AM  
No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir.
 
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