While we are all prone to bad habits, some of them are simply worse than the others, and what’s more, we are often too weak to give them up.
Living in a time when everyone likes to party, drink and smoke when we are bombarded with new fashion trends when social media are full of great and practical videos that present delicious and colorful dishes, beverages, desserts, and snacks, it is far from easy to stay aside and resist the cravings.
However, there is always a solution, and this time, it is in the form of the Pavlok bracelet!
Looking to quit smoking, reduce cookie intake or stop hitting the snooze button? Engineers at Behavioral Technology in Salt Lake City, Utah, invented a wristband that will help you kick bad habits.
Similar to a shock collar used to train a disobedient pup, the updated Pavlok bracelet (like Pavlov. Get it?) will give you a 350-volt jolt whenever you cross a line.
This product is sold on Amazon for $200, and it is a shock bracelet. Every time you get a craving, you should turn on the juice. If you are honest and shock yourself every time you wish to eat unhealthy foods, spend too much time on the Internet, oversleep, or spend too much money, very soon, you will associate these cravings with pain and crave less.
The 350-volt electric shock serves as a gentle reminder, and you can also download an app.
Amazon explains that the safe and harmless ‘zap’ of electricity on the wrist will teach the brain to associate an “unpleasant” feeling with your bad habit and stop it altogether.
The manufacturer claims that the urges subside “within 3-5 days.” Pavlok creators explain its efficacy by aversive conditioning, which is Pavlovian Conditioning, so it associates the habit one wants to quit with a negative stimulus for some time, for a few days in a row, and the brain learns to associate the two stimuli together and stops liking the habit.
Numerous people have shared their experience with the bracelet, and claim that it has helped them break habits from smoking to nail-biting.
Its inventor, Maneesh Sethi, explains that a little bit of pain can help us break our bad habits.
While it isn’t as powerful as a shock from a taser, the bracelet still delivers enough voltage to shock you make you jump. He says that it feels like if you were to touch a doorknob after rubbing the socks on the carpet.
Also, some explain that the chock helped them avoid unhealthy foods and sugars, and change their relationship with food, others say that it has replaced their alarm clock in the morning, helped them save money instead of buying unnecessary things, and much more.
Creators of this product even compare it to having food poisoning, so as soon as you get it, you stop eating the food. Would you try this nifty little gadget to finally forget your bad habits?