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Why is it so hard not
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Posted By: StormCnter, 3/29/2020 2:07:03 PM

As the new coronavirus spreads across the globe, people are staying 6 feet (1.8 meters) apart, washing their hands and avoiding touching their faces. Or at least they're trying to. Ignoring an itchy nose or hair in your eyes is easier said than done. Even professionals who should know better get caught by the impulse. Medical school students being trained in infectious disease prevention, for example, touched their faces 23 times an hour during a lecture, according to a 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection Control. So why is it so difficult to stop touching your face?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Avikingman 3/29/2020 2:08:58 PM (No. 361983)
So, how DO you wash your face? Itchy eyes? After dinner?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley 3/29/2020 2:25:54 PM (No. 362000)
Its how I make sure I'm still here.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog 3/29/2020 3:23:09 PM (No. 362053)
Why is it so hard not to touch your face? Why is it so hard to NOT touch your face?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono 3/29/2020 3:23:11 PM (No. 362054)
Why? Since we're dealing with JiveScience here, it could be because frogs hop in the grass.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: BGray2 3/29/2020 3:27:23 PM (No. 362057)
Because noses aren't going to pick themselves. :-)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Venturer 3/29/2020 3:46:38 PM (No. 362083)
I check my package instead, it keeps my hands busy without touching my face.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: BirdsNest 3/29/2020 3:49:44 PM (No. 362087)
#5 & #6 Posts of the day
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/29/2020 3:57:34 PM (No. 362099)
Because you'll get smacked if you touch somebody else's. Especially in a grocery store.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: zzzghy 3/29/2020 3:57:51 PM (No. 362100)
I can scarcely stand looking at my weird face let alone touching it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 3/29/2020 4:02:27 PM (No. 362103)
Because it's the only socially acceptable place on your body that you can scratch, unless you are alone.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: synchronicity 3/29/2020 4:23:00 PM (No. 362130)
For the same reason you will keep thinking about purple elephants whenever someone tells you to not think about purple elephants.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird 3/29/2020 4:36:57 PM (No. 362142)
Kind of a frothy pop psych piece. Someone down the thread does not fear blindness, or didn’t his mother tell him?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: EQKimball 3/29/2020 4:37:42 PM (No. 362143)
Touching one's own face is not just a learned response. Babies in the womb touch their own faces, particularly their lower jaws and chins, and will put their hand into their mouths. Their eyes will also follow the movement of light coming from outside of the womb, especially a light in the form of a human face. They are little people before we ever meet them.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: msjena 3/29/2020 4:42:53 PM (No. 362150)
#3, the headline is correct, grammatically. Your alternative has a split infinitive.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: rytwng 3/29/2020 4:53:49 PM (No. 362158)
We know you don't touch your face but , what if you do . What is the remedy?
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Reply 16 - Posted by: FLCracker 3/29/2020 5:05:13 PM (No. 362171)
Allergies. runny, itchy eyes and nose. And the nose always itches as soon as it thinks I can't scratch it.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 3/29/2020 6:37:37 PM (No. 362257)
Every time someone says "don't touch your face," my face suddenly gets itchy.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Venturer 3/29/2020 8:22:08 PM (No. 362352)
#16 they gave me an MRI 40 minutes in that tunnel and my nose started itching riht away. They tell you not to move. Damned near drove me nuts.
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