In Only A Minute, Learn Why This Adult Thumb-Sucker Sees No Reason To Quit

It's not just for kids.

At 65 years old, Harvey Miller still sucks his thumb, and he has no plans to stop.


The New York resident is the subject of the latest video from 60 Second Docs, a series that tells the true stories of truly unique people, "one minute at a time."

"Why would anyone want to stop a habit that's free, legal, drug-free, quiet?" Miller asks in the video.

Despite seeing nothing wrong with sucking his thumb, Miller has experienced firsthand how much society can misunderstand it. While his friends and family have been accepting, the habit can attract some awkward looks — even cellphone pictures — from strangers. 

Because of this, Miller isn't as public with the habit as he used to be, although he still does it in his car.

"Sometimes, after passing my vehicle, a driver will suddenly slow down for a look," he told A Plus. "I usually stop when that happens."

Once, he recalls with amusement, the passing driver turned out to also be a thumb-sucker. "I'll never forget the look on her face," he says.

In fact, adult thumb-sucking is a lot more common than you might think. Miller runs a website for people with the habit, and he says that when the forum was active it had more than 1,700 members. He even dated a fellow thumb-sucker for more than 12 years.

One of the most interesting thumb-suckers he's encountered in real life? "A cop, indulging in his police car."

Miller sees thumb-sucking as a positive part of his life. He told A Plus he finds it calming, and it helps him with sleep and concentration.

As they say, don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

Have 60 seconds to spare? Use them to learn more about Harvey Miller, below:


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