Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Do you bite your nails?

If you bite your nails, you aren’t alone. It’s said that about 20-30 percent of the U.S. population are nail biters, and up to 50 percent of all teenagers are too. That’s a lot of nail chompers out there!

Are you one of those people who always bite their nails? From anxiety? Boredom? Hunger? Do you bite them sometimes? Never? Please tell us in the poll below.

If you broke your nail-biting habit, please tell us how in the comments—you may help some fellow readers (and staff members) out. Thanks!


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KellyR (@guest_257440)
1 month ago

I haven’t bitten my nails since I got over my onychophagia.

Bob (@guest_257433)
1 month ago

I bite my nails for over 50 yrs but was finally able to stop a few years ago. It was a terrible bad habit!!!

Jay J (@guest_257428)
1 month ago

I’ve never had a problem with biting my nails and am happy I haven’t. I heard about a fellow of said his mom used to put hot sauce on his fingernails to stop him from chewing on them…….now that’s the only way he can eat them”!

Mary (@guest_257414)
1 month ago

I never bite my nails but I have had a lifelong habit of picking at them. Sometimes right down to bloody stubs. It’s a disgusting habit I have not been able to stop.

Mel (@guest_257402)
1 month ago

It was a New Year’s resolution for me. I was in my early 20’s and used to chew them bad while driving my car going to visit my mother and family (about a 100 mile trip). Then on a trip to see them I decided that I needed to stop the bad habit and I did! I would sometimes make a New Year’s resolution but never kept them. But this is one I have kept to this day. I’m 76

Sven Yohnson (@guest_257379)
1 month ago

YUK!!! Not since I discovered nail clippers!
Do you know why the gunk under your finger nails smells like poop?


Doug (@guest_257365)
1 month ago

I bit my nails all my life until I was 71. It took me a couple of years to figure out why that was, and I finally realized the timing coincided with Covid. We were not supposed to touch our face, and I didn’t. Now, almost 4 years later, I have a nearly normal nail on one thumb that did not have a nail for about 45 years.

Skip (@guest_257362)
1 month ago

No. Always have Clippers in my pocket with my old times pocket knife.

Kat (@guest_257360)
1 month ago

I used to bite them right down to nothing. One year I gave up nail biting for Lent (8th grade). I haven’t chewed on my nails since then.

Tom (@guest_257356)
1 month ago

Use nail clippers to keep nails at my preferred length.

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