Lately I've noticed an alarming trend on FGG: bike owners reporting that they own a brake but they try not to use it.
If these people are cycling on velodromes, why do they have a brake at all? If, however, they are rolling in traffic, why the hell are they self-conscious about a brake? It could save them or someone else from serious injury.
I have a brake (a Paul lever displayed prominantly on the top of my drops). I squeeze it frequently. It makes me feel good.