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View Poll Results: What do you think of men stroking their beards?
I am male, bearded, beard-stroking - consider it annoying in others to some degree 2 1.52%
I am male, bearded, beard-stroking - do not consider it annoying in others 40 30.30%
I am male, bearded, non-beard-stroking - consider it annoying to some degree 0 0%
I am male, bearded, non-beard-stroking - do not consider it annoying 9 6.82%
I am male, clean shaven - consider it annoying to some degree 4 3.03%
I am male, clean shaven - do not consider it annoying 31 23.48%
I am female - consider it annoying to some degree 12 9.09%
I am female - do not consider it annoying 32 24.24%
Other 2 1.52%
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:33 AM
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Men absentmindedly stroking their beard, annoying/irritating or not?

Having been induced to grow a short beard for the first time in my life (by a party who apparently likes her men bearded), I often catch myself at a new mannerism: when thinking on something or just woolgathering, I put the index finger of my right hand to my chin and with the thumb stroke the beard underside the chin.

(my mustache isn't far along yet to be twirled )

I am curious how men stroking the beard is generally perceived.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:45 AM
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I'm not annoyed when others do it, but I'm somewhat annoyed when I catch myself doing it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:14 AM
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Not annoying. There are way more annoying tics than beard stroking.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:29 AM
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why would you grow a beard if you don't want to stroke it?
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:15 AM
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Mwuhahahahaha!!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:16 AM
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I would sometimes stroke my former boyfriend.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:47 AM
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I suppose it helps further the public image that they're sexually interested in her, and really, that's for the two of them to decide.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:56 AM
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Beard stroking is considerably less annoying than contemplative scrotum scritching.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:24 AM
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No options for bearded females?
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:37 AM
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I voted Other: male, bearded, non-beard-stroking-I-think, and not sure if it's annoying since I'm not around any beard-strokers. But I am interested in the outcome of this poll.

I'll have to watch myself to see if I'm a stroker and don't know it, especially if many people find it annoying.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:40 AM
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I think someone is pretty peeved about that, Walther Ego...
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:03 AM
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Not annoying, unless it's being done by someone I find generally annoying for other reasons.

I usually have a beard and stroke it when I'm thinking. But when I go clean-shaven, I still stroke my chin.

For the strokers, what is your stroking style? I typically use my thumb and first two fingers. Right hand goes to mouth, thumb at the right corner of the lips, index finger just above the top lip, and second finger just below the bottom. Then I move my fingers across my mouth, keeping my thumb in place, as though I'm curling my fingers into a fist. Thus I stroke my moustache and chin in one sweeping movement and wind up with my chin resting contemplatively on my fist. I never paid attention to how I did it before this thread
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:45 PM
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Bearded male speaking.

When the absent-minded stroking goes on, and on, indefinitely, I find it mildly irritating in others.

I do it myself, and feel self conscious when I realize that I've been doing it again for the past 20 minutes.

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Old 09-05-2011, 12:48 PM
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Beard stroking is considerably less annoying than contemplative scrotum scritching.
"Contemplative Scrotum Scritchers" would be a great name for a rock band.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:48 PM
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I am a clean shaven male who wish I had a beard so I could stroke it and look contemplative.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:56 PM
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I chose 'other'.

I am male, bearded, beard-stroking - do not consider it annoying in others, BUT...

I consider it extremely annoying when I do it, myself. And I do it CONSTANTLY. It also annoys several of my oldest friends, one of whom will reach over and grab my hand mid-stroke to make the. Incessant. Beard stroking. Stop.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:03 PM
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Beard stroker, not too often I hope. Technique: first section of left index finger is across mouth at 45 degree angle, tips of left fingers stroking right cheek. I mean not to do it and wonder if it is annoying. Poll results so far mostly reassuring.

It's just weird having a second scalp on the bottom half of my head, but I break out horribly when I shave. I'm the contemplative sort anyway, but wasn't trying to enhance the image.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:23 PM
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I don't have a beard - but when I'm thinking I often make the gesture.
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:06 PM
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I am male, (usually) clean shaven, and I consider it somewhat annoying when a certain co-worker does this because he's a pompous ass who strokes his beard when he goes into his fake "thoughtful mode" when it's time to make a Big Decision.

Generally speaking, though, beard stroking doesn't annoy me. After all, I used to have extremely long hair and I was always absent-mindedly twirling my finger in it or otherwise fiddling with my locks. I figure beard stroking is more or less the same thing.
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:19 PM
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I have a goatee, and do it only occasionally. It doesn't bother me at all, regardless of who's doing it. It's no different than women (or men with long hair) twiddling with their hair.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:12 PM
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Male, bearded. I stroke my beard when I'm thinking, using my left thumb and forefinger sorta slide along either side of my chin, coming together at the chin cleft. I can't stand it if my wife strokes my beard, feels very alien to me.
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:55 PM
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:58 PM
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It also annoys several of my oldest friends, one of whom will reach over and grab my hand mid-stroke to make the. Incessant. Beard stroking. Stop.
Same here.

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Old 09-06-2011, 06:35 PM
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Male, bearded. I stroke my beard when I'm thinking, using my left thumb and forefinger sorta slide along either side of my chin, coming together at the chin cleft. I can't stand it if my wife strokes my beard, feels very alien to me.
Same method of stroking here*. I also had a girlfriend a few years back who would sometimes stroke my chin when we were curled up on the sofa. Always stroked the left side though... Then one day I found out why. She was waiting for the chance to pluck the single white hair that was groing there**.


*That just sounds soooo wrong.
**These days she'd have a lot more options to pluck.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:47 PM
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I'd never thought to be irritated by it. When I have a beard, I often stroke it. It feels smooth and nice, why shouldn't I?
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:48 PM
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What's to be done with this Homer Simpson?
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:57 PM
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Another (non-bearded, occasional) chin-stroker here.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:34 PM
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I have a very full red beard. I don't because a year before I grew mine, I knew a guy with a sizable beard who did it in a real showy way and it struck me as kinda gross. I've never been tempted as a result. I don't mind seeing others do it. This guy just had a hippie hygiene vibe.

I am, however, a real and figurative moustache twirler.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:00 PM
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I have a short pointed beard and mustache, do not stroke the beard, and do not consider it annoying. However, I occasionally do twirl my mustache diabolically, as befits a landlord of my station.

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Old 09-06-2011, 09:43 PM
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Yeah, I'm with pravnik. How the hell else am I supposed to show my super-villany?
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:03 PM
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You grew out the beard huh? I too am rocking a fabulous bush these days.

I am a non-apologetic stroker. I usually stroke it with a scissor motion, grabbing the hairs below and to the left of my mouth on the side. I seem to mostly do it while reading.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:30 AM
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The motion of beard-stroking (heh, that sounds dirty) doesn't bother me. It's the sound that makes me nuts. Some don't make any noise and so don't bother me at all, but some have rough hair or something, and there's a sound it makes that makes me stabby.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:24 PM
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why would you grow a beard if you don't want to stroke it?
I grew a goatee senior year of high school specifically because I wanted to stroke it while looking thoughtful. Seriously.

Later I realized that it's good camouflage for my unmanly chin, so it stayed. I still stroke it, and hypocritically think other people doing it is sometimes pretentious.

I then wonder if that's what I look like while doing it...I think about that hard, stroking my chin in thought. Shit.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:20 AM
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How are you supposed to convince people you're straight if you don't stroke your beard?
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