This might shock you, but I have bad habits. Yes, even someone who runs a blog about success and lifestyle design can have bad habits. That’s why I’m so excited about the focus of today’s Design We Love: Pavlok.
What Is It?
Pavlok is a wrist-worn device that shocks you (with varying levels of pain you can set). The block in the middle of the picture is the part that actually zaps you, and it fits into the area behind the lightning bolt cut-out on the strap.
Why Would Anyone Wear This?!
People who want to get results. Turns out, we human beings are better about avoiding things we don’t like than we are about doing things we should like. That’s where Pavlok comes in.
How Does It Work?
Based on the science of conditioned responses, Pavlok will shock you when you’re in the middle of doing something you want to stop doing.
Example: You recognize you’ve wasted yet another hour on Facebook so you close the tab. You think “I’m bored, let me see what’s on Facebook” and BAM! you’re right back on there.
With all the time you’re spending feeling bad about how your life measures up to all your friends from high school, you could have conquered the world by now.
Cue Pavlok. Using their system, you put in the website you want to stop using, and set a couple parameters. Now, when you go to Facebook, the device will give you a warning beep, and if you don’t leave the site, it will shock you.
Very quickly you learn to associate Facebook with what it really is; a painful experience.
Why I love it
Pavlok is a great example of leveraging human psychology with technology to create positive results.
The device itself looks pretty nifty, and wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb with any casual outfit.
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit their website to find out more about the science behind it, the dude who created it, and how you can get one of your own.