There are some habits we can’t explain so easily although it looks simple. Whether it’s always scratching at your skin despite no itch or rash, or pulling your eyelashes one by one, or biting your nails. They all appear to be painful or uncomfortable at the very least.
Although to the others from the family or friends it looks like a mini form of body torture as a nervous tick or a quirk, there is a better explanation for the aforementioned habits. The people who subject themselves to this type of behavior don’t feel any physical pain as the area has been numbed from all the picking, biting, and pulling.
It’s so easy to get frustrated when things don’t go as planned. We all have some go-to coping mechanism to deal with stress or boredom in life. Some people can just let things slide off their backs without any issues. But others can’t cope so easily. Nail biting is that one habit that isn’t easy to break, but not because of the reasons you expect.
Anyway, biting your nails is never a good thing.
Just try to visualize all the dirt left on our hands after so many contacts throughout the day. Biting your nails means that every germ and bacteria you have touched is going straight into your mouth.
Don’t think that it’s ok to bite your nails since you haven’t touched anything for a long time. Because germs can live long hours on surfaces.
“Your fingernails are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Bacteria often gets stuck under the nails, and can then be transferred to the mouth, causing infection of the gums and throat,” explains Dr. Michael Shapiro.
Before nail biting was considered a nervous habit it was believed to be a progression from sucking our thumbs.
Although most people know biting their nails is never a good habit they still do it.
Researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada believe nail biting has more to do with your personality than a bad habit.