I'm with you. I've never had very long fingernails, never wanted them. When I really liked to garden, back in California, I rarely wore garden gloves since the soil was great at our place. Now I have to wear them, because of the stickers on some of the weeds here in New Mexico. Aaaaak!
However, I once worked with a longtime colleague/pal who was very proud of her long and strong nails and her husband loved her nails, clearly a thrill for him. Our professions at the time? We were landscape architects, me still gardening mostly sans glove, and she definitely wore gloves over the long nails.
mmm, different strokes for different folks..