Whether it’s grinding your teeth, smoking, sleeping in or over-eating, this wearable was produced with the goal of helping users kick bad habits. PAVLOK is a wearable that allows a user to shock themselves when they are about to do something they’re trying to stop. So pick your poison and get a Pavlok to help you quit it.
This item is a product of Behavioral Technology Group, Inc. and was designed to “help our users get control of their behavior,” according to the company’s website. The award winning wearable releases a mild electric stimulus that aims to reduce cravings, increase productivity and ultimately discontinues bad habits. This new piece of technology will set you back about $170.
Their site lists user reviews, and Marty, who had a goal of quitting smoking, conquered his goal.
“Before I started using Pavlok, I was smoking about 18 cigarettes a day. With Pavlok, I’ve [in first week] been averaging about 7 a day. [… Week four] is my first week not smoking at all… whenever I drive by a gas station and think, ‘Maybe I’ll get a pack’, I just shock myself,” he said.
It does sound rather daunting, but users of this product seem to have positive results. Nagina told Pavlok that the product helped her to stop biting her nails.
“I’ve had a problem with biting my nails my entire life — I’ve tried everything to stop. I decided to try Pavlok — within 2 days, I’m so much more aware of myself biting my nails, and I catch myself before I do it,” according to the
And if a user is that unsettled by the act of shocking themselves, it still appears to work. Tasha, a Pavlok user, has a review featured on the company’s website as well.
“I didn’t want to shock myself so I wouldn’t eat the food in the first place. [So now…] I haven’t had any refined sugar, which is awesome…I feel like I’m back in control of my relationship with food. I feel like I have a much healthier relationship with food.”
We are expecting a Pavlok to arrive so we can test it out and let you know how it worked for us. Until then, we’ll be listing the many bad habits the Techfresca office would like to quit while anxiously awaiting the opportunity to shock ourselves. Stay tuned!