For the past 11 years, New York-based thumbsucker Harvey has been running thumbsuckingadults.com, an Internet support group for grown folks who still suck their thumbs.
He got the idea for the site in 1998 when he was on vacation in Florida and saw three adult thumbsuckers going at it in public.
He was inspired to create a safe haven where thumbsuckers like himself could find solace in knowing theyre not alone.
Harvey says his site has helped hundreds of thumbsuckers come to terms with their stigmatized habit, which many have no control over.
He says thumbsucking is similar to a drug addiction, where the moment you indulge you zone out and feel relaxed.
He also compares the habit to crossing your legs while you watch TV, and says many adults use it as a way to get comfortable.
Harvey says he often sucks his thumb while hes driving and has seen about 30 adults doing the same thing on the road, including a working police officer.
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