Why do some people chew on pens?

Why do people chew their pencils and pens? Why do some people chew on pens?

  1. 1 They are stressed

    Being stressed or going through a stressful phase can be manifested through nail-biting or chewing on the end of pens, which is relieving for some people. (See Why do type A personalities get stressed?)

  2. 2 It helps them concentrate

    Some people find chewing on pens to help them concentrate when they're studying or sitting for an exam.

  3. 3 They are nervous

    When a person is nervous during an exam, they might chew on their pens to relieve this tension. (See The Body Language of Anxiety)

  4. 4 It relieves pain

    Some people chew on their pens to relieve headaches or jaw pain from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

  5. 5 They're bored

    Some people resort to bad habits when they're bored such as biting their fingernails or chewing on their pens.

  6. 6 They're trying to quit a bad habit

    Some people start chewing on pens when they're trying to quit a bad habit such as smoking. In this case, chewing on a pen is a distraction from craving cigarettes.

  7. 7 They zone out

    Some people chew on their pen when they zone out and stop focusing on a certain thing. In this case, the chewing is done unconsciously.

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