I bite my nails, buy far too many things on a whim and drink silly amounts. I’d like to stop biting my nails and buying things I don’t need – I don’t want to stop drinking, just do it a bit less – but I genuinely can’t be arsed to put the effort in to stop.
I know, in theory, I could just not bite my nails and I could just not open the Amazon app when I’m bored, but I want something to do the legwork for me because, like I say, I’m a coward, and a lazy one at that.
Luckily, a bracelet now exists that will deter me from doing such things, like spraying a bottle of water in a dog’s face when it plays up. The Pavlok 2 Wearable Bracelet Electro Shock Response Biofeedback (another amazing product name), essentially, gives you an electric shock whenever you do one of the bad habits that you’ve warned it about.
Smoking? Zap. Eating junk food? Zap. Oversleeping? You guessed it…
Basically, it uses motion sensors and a “learning” brain that notices when you’re doing the things you told it about and zaps you with a harmless – yet noticeable – 350-volt shock. In the cases where the bracelet doesn’t know about a certain habit that you want to quell, then you can manually shock yourself with a button, or your friends can with the phone app.
Letting your friends have the means to shocking you whenever their hearts so desire seems like a recipe for disaster though.
The main problem seems to be that the bracelet will set you back £194. That’s the kind of spend that I would have to give myself a shock for, and I don’t have time to get into some kind of paradoxical vicious circle.
The product description reads:
“Pavlok allows you to speak your reptile brain’s language by adding an unpleasant element (a safe and harmless ‘zap’ of electricity on your wrist) to what you have been taught to love (your nasty lingering habit), quickly conditioning your mind to associate an ‘unpleasant’ feeling with your bad habit… and stopping it all together.“
Per charge, you’ll get 150 shocks from the Pavlok and honestly, that wouldn’t last me very long. I have another habit that I’m trying to break and that’s replaying the same song over and over until I hate it. I’m currently on around my 24th time in a row listening to Bad Dream by Teen Ravine.
I really don’t want to go off that song. It’s so nice.
Maybe I need a Pavlok?
Images via Fox, Getty, Pavlok
Alfie Powell joined as an apprentice and was probably hired because he was likely the only person who applied. He's been blagging his way through writing articles for four years now and he's definitely showing signs of slowing down. When not writing for The Hook, Alfie finds time to indulge in his favourite hobbies, such as drinking and sitting down.Follow