There is a thing about being told not to do things. Then you feel like doing them more.
You were not even thinking about it before, but then someone comes and tells you don’t do XYZ. Now suddenly you want to do XYZ. XYZ is all you want to do.
I am sure you know exactly what I mean, because with the spread of corona virus across the globe, health officials have been coming up with precautions and one of them is – ‘don’t touch your face’.
Everyone re: the Corona virus: “Don’t touch your face!!”— You’ve Got The Touch (@Origamigryphon) March 3, 2020
Me, a compulsive face and lip picker: pic.twitter.com/HK8aOr2m0M
Which, I never knew, can be so tough. Neither did Dr. Sara Cody, director of the Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department.
During a press conference, she was informing people about the importance of simple measures like not touching any part of your face.
Only to do this, a few seconds later.
You can watch the video of the same, here:
Coronavirus instructions.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 4, 2020
Wait for it…pic.twitter.com/WvnKBwKUtb
That seems more like a matter of habit, than incapability of resisting a desire, but the point is – these simple measures are really tough to follow.
Donald Trump, for instance. Said this:
I haven’t touched my face in weeks. It’s been weeks. I miss it.
In a humorous moment, as Dr. Birx talks about precautions people should take in washing their hands and not touching their face amid coronavirus outbreak, President Trump interjects: “And I haven’t touched my face in weeks, in weeks. I miss it.” https://t.co/aiXgwPARlr pic.twitter.com/T5ckD9y2qj— ABC News (@ABC) March 4, 2020
And then did this:
I know this is, like, the lowest of low-hanging fruit, but this is from Monday. https://t.co/T0q681kv8F pic.twitter.com/ppgUabZ1Mm— Brandon Hardin (@hardin) March 4, 2020
I mean, it’s not like Donald Trump is your go-to person to take inspiration from anyway. But this quite a human thing to do.
So human, that NY Times did an article on it.