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Old January 5th, 2013 (3:55 PM).
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I bite my nails when I'm nervous or bored, it's become quite an annoying habit. But it makes guitar playing easier when you have short nails all the time so I'm not too bothered, it just leads to some awkward social situations whilst sat in a room biting my nails with people around hehe.
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Old January 9th, 2013 (5:54 AM).
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I've never bitten or chewed my nails, and I don't understand how people begin that habit. My nails are fantastic though I keep forgetting to cut them which means they grow longer than is really appropriate for a boy

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Old January 9th, 2013 (6:14 AM).
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I bite my nails so severely that they probably shorter than half a centimetre. I don't do it because I'm nervous, or hungry, but mainly when I'm bored.
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Old January 9th, 2013 (5:27 PM).
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i used to do it, like a LOT... but then i got braces when i was 15 and that stopped me biting them, cause i wasn't able to. i havent bit my nails since and now they grow incredibly long. X'D but it's easier to paint them when they're longer. :p

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Old January 10th, 2013 (2:54 PM).
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I've never bitten my nails before and I'll never bite my nails throughout my life because this makes them look bad.

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Old January 11th, 2013 (4:29 PM).
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I've never bitten my nails, I wonder what causes people to do that. My question is, how do people bite off parts of their nails? I think if I tried it, I wouldn't even get through it.
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Old January 12th, 2013 (12:27 AM).
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I bite my nails a lot, cos I easily get stressed.

If one looks at my nails you'll notice how short they look.
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Old January 12th, 2013 (12:46 AM).
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I don't, but I don't mind people who bite their nails.
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Old January 12th, 2013 (2:16 AM).
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Is it strange that I was actually biting them when I saw this thread?

And yes, I do it at random times, mostly out of boredom.

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Old January 12th, 2013 (2:22 AM).
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I don't bite them, never did and never will. There are lots of questions I ask those who do in my head: Don't you care about the health of your nails? About the residue of your bitten nails in your digestive system? About the condition of your teeth? Yeah, I understand it might be a nervous habit or out of boredom, but there are other things to chew on besides your nails right..? Anyways, yeah. Just my thoughts.
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Old January 12th, 2013 (2:49 AM).
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I used to (as in, until last September or October) bite my nails constantly out of a compulsive grooming habit that left the poor things as stubs — it definitely wasn't an anxiety or boredom issue, considering I'd be playing Battlefield and chew my nails still, and I'm currently going through a very nervous part of my life. After that I'd just chew away at the cuticles until I couldn't use my fingers due to the pain. I hid my hands whenever I had the chance, too; try to keep people from seeing them.

But I've almost entirely stopped, and the actual biting is miniscule — I manage to catch myself and stop without a problem, though I can't help but feel the urge whenever I don't have a nail file on hand. I started painting my nails, grew them out enough to file them into a smooth curve, and now they're all nice and pretty. (Really long, too.)

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Old January 12th, 2013 (9:49 AM).
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I used to bite my nails as a kid and then graduated to sort of trying to file/tear them down with my teeth if they were bugging me. Sounds weird but makes sense in my head okay? ;_;' So I don't technically bite my nails anymore but I still quite often have to deal with short nails because of my actions.

Since I started painting my nails fairly regularly, though, I've had way fewer problems because the polish keeps the nails from snagging/damaging so often and I'm so much less likely to mess them up when it'll mess up the polish too. :P

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Old January 17th, 2013 (4:21 AM).
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Yeeeeeeeah, no. Like, not at all. I've never seen the appeal in biting nails: they presumably taste weird and the biting can't make them look at all presentable. And I don't really want to put my fingers in my mouth unless I'm eating fast food or a sandwich or something! When I get stressed and such, I'll fidget and tap my fingers on tables, but biting nails has never really entered into the equation for me.
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Old January 17th, 2013 (4:41 AM).
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Yup, this is the time you all will be honest about And yes I do nailbite, but not toenails!

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Old January 17th, 2013 (11:23 AM).
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I am a subconscious nail biter and I have been since I was 4. I even do so sometimes in my sleep and it is my addiction. Even when I try not to, it is just really hard to resist for more than a month.

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Old January 17th, 2013 (1:49 PM). Edited January 17th, 2013 by TrainerTori.
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*as I sit here biting my nails when I don't even realize it* ....

mine are bit to the quick, and I've been doing it my whole life. :/
I don't even realize myself doing until I'm bleeding V_V it's awful!

I also chew on plastic.
Pens and the little plastic rings around soda bottles being my worst habit

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Old January 17th, 2013 (5:38 PM).
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I used to, but a few years ago I graduated to obsessive clipping. They stay the same length, but now I get to hear that satisfying click.
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Old January 18th, 2013 (1:43 AM).
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Nope. I don't bite my nails. I do, however, tear them when they are long enough for me to do so. Therefore, my nails are always uneven and short, especially if I rip them too close to the edge of my finger.
This is me!!! I never understood how people could bite their nails, willingly or unconsciously!!! So gross, dirty, unhygienic, nasty, unclean, just all round ew!!!! Putting your MOST LIKELY UNCLEAN/NOT WASHED RECENTLY nails, harbingers of dirt and disease, into your mouth? I hope you people die of Ebola or something.

I tend to tear my nails whenever I'm in stress or when I'm bored, it gives me something to do to relieve the tension or pass the time. You can often see me picking at the top of the nail of my index fingers with my thumbs, and sometimes I do it if I want to appear disinterested, lol. But yeah, biting your nails? Dirty, disgusting people.
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Old January 19th, 2013 (3:29 AM).
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ewwww noooo ewwww nail biting ewwww

Based on that first sentence, do you think I bite my nails? Yes. No.

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Old January 19th, 2013 (4:18 AM).
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I don't think i've ever done that.So, no.
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Old January 21st, 2013 (12:34 PM).
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I've been a nailbiter for.... 5-7 years, I think. I can't quite remember how I started (I would love to know why) but I do know it's something my mother has been doing for decades, so perhaps I picked it up from her. I have tried to stop over the years and failed, but then about a week ago I thought to myself "hmm, they aren't overly aesthetically pleasing" and just... stopped. I filed them down so there weren't any rough edges to annoy me and now like an earlier poster in the thread I carry a file around (although for me it's only in school, I assume I'll be too busy to be nailbiting anywhere else). I'm trying to grow them out a tad now (not to any excessive length but even a millimetre of white would be nice!) but it's proving annoyingly difficult to get them all to a similar length. Yes, I am a very masculine person.
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Old January 21st, 2013 (10:07 PM).
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I don't nail bite. Instead, I

-twirl hair
-chew up wires and pens
-pull back hair
-suck on my fingers
-gnaw on my joints
-push my eyes in
-mess with my eyelashes
-pinch myself
-shake leg
-tap finger

I do a lot of things so yeah. Usually I don't notice until I've been doing it for a while though. lol
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Old January 21st, 2013 (10:37 PM).
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I bite my nails all the time. I used to never do it growing up but since I started high school it has become a habit for me. I try to stop but every time I make an attempt to stop biting my nails I end up biting them when I'm nervous without even realizing it.
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Old January 26th, 2013 (2:44 PM).
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I don't bite my nails but I bite my skin which is an even worse habit that I'm desperately trying to break, but it's very addicting. I've been doing it since I can remember, and I don't think I've ever had all of my fingers wound free at the same time haha.
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Old January 26th, 2013 (3:05 PM).
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Never bitten my nails. And to be frank, I find it disgusting when people do. I mean, you touch so much stuff...
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