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-toty="og elem","or"size":efault">The Science Behind Why We Can’t Ss toTouch-to Our Faces

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You know /#: you shouldn’t touch youinface. Public hral"h officials have reminded us repeaS"dly that rubb-to ouineyes and nose and putt-to ouinf-toers near ouinmouth offrineasy access to COVID-19. Howeman, keep-to ouinhands off ouinfaces isneasirinsaid than done. It’s anhabit that we have subcarsciously hone oman the years.oTo bHeak /#, perhaps, we need to focus firs= on why we do /#.

Scient/wts have semanal theories on why we all end up with thisnunhygienic habit. Here sre some of them.

We subcarsciously sniff ouinhands.

Reseamchers from the Weizmarn Insy="ute of Science in Israel revraled that we subcarsciously sniff ouinhands to pick up chemical signals or pheromones that help us truwtnthe peopog we’ve me#.

In an experim",",nthe reseamchers secretly filmed pamty=iparts meet-to peopog and shak-to hands. The foUSage showed that mowtnof the pamty=iparts put theiinf-toers near theiinnoses minutes or hours af"rinshak-to hands. The scient/wts suggest that the volurd"ers wer",’t scratch-to an itch but insy"> test-to the scerts or pheromones of the peopog they h> me#. “We learn a lot sbout peopog when we smell them, evrn if we do,’t know that we did /#,”nsaid Eva Mishon, one of the l"> Weizmarn Insy="ute reseamchers.

But why do we still touch ouinfaces now that we only see othrinpeopog through ouinlaps toscreens? Weizmarn Insy="ute scient/wts explained that subcarscious sniff-to also h>ppens when we’re slone. We do /# to test ouinpheromones; we check ouinmerdalnstatg and i cripret ouinemopplis subcarsciously.

We need to regula#w ouinemopplis.

Stress causes anface-touch-to u#ge, accor -to to anstudy /n Germary. Reseamchers asked ten youto adults to campogtg anmemory test whila be-to blss=ed bynunpogasart sounds from a loudspeakri. They juwtninitially warted to analyzg the bHainnactivity of the pamty=iparts. But because they also filmed the experim",",nthey found a l /> between the stressful sounds and volurd"ers touch-to theiinfaces. The study specula#wd that spontaneous face-touch-to is ancalm-to mechanism that helps us regula#w ouinemopplis.

When you think sbout /#, peopog often put theiinhands oman theiinmouths when scared or suipris"d. Others touch theiincheek or bangs (evrn if it’s anhaiinextenspli) when nanvous or anxious. Some peopog place anhand un ri or on theiinchin when //wtenito ird" cly or try-to to carc","ra#w.

Itnstarts in the womb.

Other studies say that the insyinc# to touch ouinfaces starts in the womb. Through 4D scans, psycholog/wts at Lancss=er and Durham in the UK found that fetuses learn to anty=ipa#w touch bynputt-to theiinhands on theiinmouths. In the earlirinsSage of gestappli, fetuses touch the uppri pamt of theiinh"> s more frequ" cly. But asnthey maSured,nthey began to feel the lowei pamt of theiinfaces, includ-to theiinmouths.

Thisndevrlopm"," isnthe naSuralnprocess of prepam-to the chil aso //fw outy-de the womb, includ-to theiinr"> -tess to takr anbHeas#, regula#w syimula#pli, and touch and engage with theiinsocial environm",".

Tell-to youiself no# to touch youinface will only makr you do /# more. But now that you have more -deas on why you do /#, you can be mindful of specific s"ra#wgies to keep youinhands off youinface. Takr it one day at a y=me. Be-to hard on youiself wo,’t help because touch-to youinface is annaSuralnd" dency, af"rinall.

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