There is shock therapy. There is retail therapy. What happens when the two are combined? Pavlok is a habit-controlling smart bracelet that can be used to solidify good habits and break bad habits. Would you be able to break your bad shopping habits if you got an electric shock every time you overspent? Pavlok has helped people stop smoking, stop drinking, stop cursing, and stop biting their nails. There is no limit to the amount the habits that Pavlok can help you break. How does this bracelet work? Users pick good habits they want to build and bad habits they want to break. Using the Pavlok app, the bracelet will send a jolt of electricity into the user’s wrist if goals are not met.
How It Works
Pavlok is not a magic potion. However, it does require a little bit of willpower to work effectively. The bracelet has motion sensors, so there are some habits it can detect on its own. For example, if the habit is eating after midnight, the bracelet can tell when the hands are making an eating motion after midnight. The user will still have to press a button on the bracelet to confirm that they are actually eating. For other habits, that involve speech, thoughts, or other things the bracelet can’t detect on its own, the user is responsible for pressing a button every time they are deserving of a shock.
There is also a smartphone app that works with the bracelet. Although the app is used to set up the bracelet and track your progress towards breaking bad habits, continuing to use the app after the initial setup is optional. With the app, users can allow other people to control when they are shocked. According to reviews, some users have allowed friends and family members to shock them when they are trying to stop using curse words. Depending on the nature of the bad habit, it can help to have more than yourself to rely on for accountability.
What About That Shock?
The idea of shocking yourself can be scary. The Pavlok website uses the less intimidating word zap instead of shock. Each zap is 340 volts worth of electricity. Certainly, consult your doctor before using this device if you have any health problems that could make using it dangerous. For the average, healthy adult, this type of shock should not be dangerous.
The 340-volt zap is painful enough to change habits, but it will not send you to the ground writhing and screaming in pain. To see the device being used in action, watch this segment. A quick search of Pavlok on YouTube will reveal YouTubers from all walks of life who are breaking their habits using this device.
The Science Behind It
Pavlok works because it uses a type of behavior therapy called aversive conditioning. Rather than rewarding good behavior, aversive conditioning punishes bad behavior. When a user thinks of or does something associated with the habit they want to break, they will be shocked by the bracelet. Suppose you want to stop eating watching a certain show. If you get shocked every time you watch the show, your brain will form a mental connection between that show and the pain of electric shock. Although the show used to be something desirable, your brain will start to view it negatively. Eventually, you will not want to watch the show, and the very thought of the show will bring up negative feelings without being shocked.
Pavlok is certainly a different way of doing things, but thousands of customers swear by its effectiveness. Could Pavlok be the key to breaking your hardest habit?
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