Nails and Typing

long or short? - Women always want to have good manicured nails but doesnt it get in the way while typing? Long or short we all have our preferences.
@bjcyrix (6910)
Philippines
June 28, 2008 6:45am CST
Just clipped my nails recently and found that I enjoy typing more. What about you? do you prefer to have your nails long or short when you are typing? I know most women want to have perfectly manicured nails with maybe the French tip and all but dont you find longer nails get in the way while typing or you're just so used to having it long that you barely notice at all? This goes to the guys also because I know of some guys who actually prefer their nails long. Thanks!^_^
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
I haven't really gave long nails into consideration when typing.. I guess I just clip my nails whenever they seem too long for my convenience. I'll try to grow them and see if there is a difference when I type with long nails compared to the usual way of my typing without them being long.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Heya, how you've been? I keep them long for as long as I can and you're right I clip them when they start to bother me. If Im not typing as I have been since myLot I would have kept them longer for a few more weeks until they break or something but with typing shorter nails are waay more comfortable. Thanks for the response and goodluck with the experiment.^_^
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Now that I have considered growing them long, I'm becoming more eager to find out the difference..
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
How's the experiment coming along?
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@Elixiress (3893)
22 Jul 08
I prefer typing with long nails or reasonable length nails as it is what I am used to. When I used to get false nails I found it difficult to type as I was not yet used to where my nails were in relation to my fingers as they had shot up a centimetre in the space of a minute, but a little bit of natural growth does not bother me, I just adapt to it. If one of my nails break, I notice it, because it feels weird to type and it draws my attention to it.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
Oh, you're one of the few people I know who can manage to type with long/longer nails than average. I guess it just becomes a skill that you're already used to it that it doesnt bother you anymore right? Unless its broken or something... Anyways, thanks for responding.^_^
@Elixiress (3893)
25 Jul 08
Yeah I have got used to it, they have never bothered me as it is natural growth rather than sudden growth.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
2 Aug 08
i guess so..better to go natural than forced..
• Canada
6 Jul 08
I've worn fake nails before and, my goodness, they are the noisiest things on a keyboard. They clack so loud especially since I type pretty fast too. Without my fake nails though, I can't get long nails so my nails are generally short, which don't interfere with my typing. I don't think the long nails made it harder to type, it just made it noisier to type. Which could be annoying for people around you.
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• Canada
19 Jul 08
I used to get those acrylic nails in the salon. Though I really enjoyed having them for the few years that I was doing it, I found it quite high-maintenance. You have to schedule an appointment every two or three weeks to get them refilled. And also, if you break a nail, it's really annoying and can be painful. At home when I typed loud, I didn't mind so much, but yes, if you're somewhere in public, or in my case, at work, it can get a little embarrassing. Maybe though I should get a quieter keyboard. :)
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
Oh!LOL Im not really familiar with the kinds of nail treatments. The only ones I know are manicure, padicure, and French tip. Also know the cleaning.LOL Acrylic nails, thats something I havent heard about. Anyways, a quieter keyboard is a good option.^_^ Thanks for sharing. Learned something new again.
@calajane (1005)
• Poland
28 Jun 08
I always keep my nails short, and never allow them to grow too much. But that's because of my job and the fact that I type a lot. I had long nails once exactly and all the typing was hurting my fingers, because I tend to hit the keys very hard. Plus my accuracy in typing also suffered. Not to mention the speed. Yes, long nail look extremely sexy and all... But in this particular case I think usability is more important.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
You are one of those hard hitting typers huh? Im one of them too. Maybe its because my typing training started with the bulky typewriters and I really need to hit the keys hard just to get them 'printed'. I still move my hands up and down sometimes. Depends on my mood. Longer nails might serve their purpose but when it comes to typing, like you said, the quality of our work suffers. Thanks for the response.^_^
@calajane (1005)
• Poland
29 Jun 08
Oh thank God, I"m not alone :) The surprising thing is that I am the only hard hitting typer in my social circle... No, really! Every time I watch my sister or my friend gently brush against the keys on their keyboard I want to hurt something. And they can afford to have long nails, because they position their hands differently over the keyboard. I don't think it's fair :P Because I'm the one obsessed with pretty nails, but hey. I'll get back at that at some point ;) Probably when I'll start to use the voice recognition program instead of the keyboard :P
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
20 Jul 08
LOL!Thats ok. If you really want to learn the ways light typers do it, you can you know. I know so know how it feels wanna hit something because the others type very silently but are very fast but me I only type some words per minute but with the 'typewriter' sound along with it. Its embarrassing sometimes when Im in a cafe and I really go my way to keep the keyboards from clacking. Sometimes I pick a keyboard thats already light sounding.^_^ Well, goodluck with trying to keep your nails pretty but still be able to give quality work.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
13 Jul 08
I really love the look of long nails but once they get to a certain point it becomes more difficult to type - well at least to type accurately. I don't think people that have unusually long nails can type at all. When mine get too long they tend to stick in between the keys on the keyboard and then I end up typing an incorrect letter or an extra letter. I clip them a little past 1/4" past the quick - they still look feminine but it is easy enough to type that way and then I can type 60 wpm or more.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Yes, they really do look nice and Ive tried to sport them with a bit of rounded shape that makes the fingers look longer. But now I still prefer it clipped short. Whatever lenght you are comfotable with at least you get to type the words that you want. Thanks for the response.^_^
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
oh, and congratulations in reaching your 500th post.^_^
@twallace (2675)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I have to trim my nails when they get to long for me to type. They can be a certain length and I have to trim all of them if they haven't broken off. When they get to long it seems like i miss the keys or something. Like the tip of my fingers don't see to be touching the keys. And I can't type using my nails. The tips of of my fingers. So if they get to long they have to go.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Yeah I experience that too. Its like you're typing on air but the nails are the one touching the keys that you feel them push up you're finger. Thanks for responding.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
29 Jun 08
Your welcome!!
@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
I prefered short nails. I never grow my nails long because of rush activities that I enjoy doing. But my toe nail are long square with french tip, I love my toe nail to be long because I always wear opened toe sandals or pumps or even flip flops, for me, long and perfectly manicured toe nail adds to the sexiness of a woman.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
25 Jul 08
Thats a really good compromise. Why sacrifice taking care of yourself just for work right? Those toenails with that French tip must look really good, especially with those kinds of footwear.^_^ Thanks so much for the response.^_^
@misty99 (736)
24 Jul 08
I have tried having long nails,maybe around 3 or 4 millimeters from my finger tip,that was when i was still single.Since i started having kids,i make it a point to really clip it neatly.But since then i noticed my nails have weaken..very soft, it chipped easily.And you know how it feels to have this nails folded up to the skin...it does feels awful.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
OOhh!! Must you really describe it? Its just one of those things that I cant stand. Dont know why, but things that have to do with bones(nails are bones;sort of)being broken or something just cant stand it. Id rather be off with a thousand bloodied internal organs or something but never broken bones, especially with the flesh attached.*shivers* I guess having kids changes everything huh? Maybe your nails got soft becuase of the housework or something?Just a thought. Take care always and thanks for the response.^_^
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
5 Jul 08
I can well imagine women with long nails having difficulty on a machine. If typing is your work, then just keep your nails short or wear removables. It will make the day easier and avoid you having to correct so much.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
dont really have a job yet, still studying.^_^ but I do love typing as much as I love writing. I prefer typing now because at least I have a digital copy of it and whenever I want to have a hardcopy I can always print it out. Thanks for your input.^_^
@hezoid (2149)
5 Jul 08
I've never really thought about it to be honest. I don't think the length of my nails interferes with my typing at all. They are long, but not too long. I like them as they are.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
13 Jul 08
Hmm, maybe they are just the right lenght that you still enjoy it and not notice it to be bothersome. Thanks for the response.
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
30 Jun 08
Well i know i am a man, but i will also answer here. I really love to have short nails, although sometimes i am lazy. I really enjoy them short for typing. Take care my sweet friend !
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
I love short nails too. My nails are actually small for my size that my friends always tease me about it. I still enjoy it even if they are small and always keep them short especially for typing. Thanks so much for the response. Take care always and Congratulations!^_^
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
30 Jun 08
i am a pretty lazy person so i usually let my nail grow long. i'll cut them when they start to chip off or break. it's much easier to type with short finger nails. when my nails are long, i get typos more often. it could be my longer nails are pressing the key above the intended one. so yes, i definitely enjoy typing more when i clipped my nails. :D
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
I am a lazy person too.LOL Right now my nails are of medium length but I can still type pretty well. The nails arent past the fingers yet so maybe thats why its still easy. Guess have to clip 'em soon. Thanks for the response!
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
29 Jun 08
I like well taken care of nails, don't have to be long but just well looked after. I rip my own nails off so that's basicly no going to happen for me. It's a nasty habit and I tried multiple things but when I get stressed out I rip them of. Just the tips before anyone freaks out :P So their basicly allways very short but I try to have them look nice the best way I can. I do think it's easier typing with short nails and because I work with small children I think it's safer and I won't scratch them that easily.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
11 Jul 08
*shivers* I know what you mean by 'ripping' them off. But the extreme is definitely painful. I do sometimes do that too. Especially when the nail is broken. No use in trying to preserve them and best to just rip them off to avoid further injury. Thanks for responding.^_^
@fwangaa (3058)
• China
29 Jun 08
i don't alway notice that,beacuse my nail quite short.and i don't notice someone that have quite long nail to type the compute.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Oh ok, Thanks for responding anyways.
• United States
29 Jun 08
I find that haveing long nails makes it hard to do such things as typing like you had mentioned. I prefer to keep mine on the shorter end of the scale. My nails are brittle and break very easily. I have seen some woman have their nails really long and it makes me wonder how they can do anything that way. Long nails are pretty to me and I would love to have long nails but they constantly break. I used to work at a place where I had to open boxes and put the freight away and my nails would break and bend and let me tell you that hurts when that happens.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Oooohh!! I know it hurts thats why I dont keep them long enough that they break by themselves. I really hate it when that happens. With the work that you mentioned you must've had lots of broken nails. That really doestn sit well with me. Good for you that you keep them short or at least a lenght thats comfortable for you. Thanks for sharing.
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
I noticed that too. I find it hard to type if I have longer nails, they seem to get caught in between the keys. Hehe. So I always have to clip them so it will be comfortable to type.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Mine usually bumps all of the keys that would result in a lot of typos.LOL Thanks for the response.^_^
@alexsis (2149)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I love typing with short nails. It is easier and faster. Before I had my daughter I use to wear my nails medium length. But I cut them so I want scratch her.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Well, safety first right? Thanks for responding.^_^
• United States
28 Jun 08
About ten years ago, when I was first learning to type, I tried fake long nails. And it was a disaster. My fingers kept slipping off the keyboard! Then I tried to take them off and couldn't. Now, I have my regular nails and they ware working out fine. They are all natural and just about to the tips of my fingers. I am growing them out. But find that the longer they get the harder it is to type!
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Hehe, must have been some experience. Always wanted to try fake nails just for the fun of it. My Mom still has her 15 year old unused fake nails in our old armoire. Toyed with the idea of trying one out for the day but didnt go through with it. Long nails are just not my style. Yeah the linger they are the harder it is to type correctly. Thanks for the response.^_^
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
28 Jun 08
Okay, this is to funny! I have been intending to write about this on the opposite side, but keep putting it off as I didn't think anyone would want to talk about it! I just recently for some odd strange reason, my nails just literally surprisingly grew long. I never had long nails, they grow and then break off. So I just don't do nails. Now, suddenly they are long - about 1/2 inch past my finger. And here I am typing and not having to much trouble typing. I wanted to ask how everyone with nails did it - just seemed to long to type right, but after a week, I am typing just fine and getting used to them long and the ways I have to do things a bit different to accomodate the long nails and all .A bit annoyingat times and always wondering when they are going to break and be a mess, but typing - I am really getting used to them.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Oh!LOL Thats good for you! half an inch is really really long. Never managed to grow them that long. Good luck in keeping them clean and perfect. Thanks for sharing!^_^
• Philippines
28 Jun 08
I used to grow my nails long enough to have a good French tip. I did not really have any problem typing. However, I found it easier to type when I clipped my nails and never had longer nails. I mean, I prefer shorter nails now and I find it more comfortable to type with short nails.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
Really? You must have gotten used to it when you had long nails. French tip is always nice to look at and I wonder how did the woman in the photo manage to type well. Nice that you keep them short. However long or short you like your nails as long as they still do the job I guess we shouldnt mind right? Thanks for sharing.^_^