For those who need extreme incentives to lose bad habits there is the Pavlok 2 bracelet. This is a bracelet that punishes you with a shock of 350 volts every time you ‘misbehave’. This voltage is equivalent to a shock of static electricity that we sometimes get on the day to day.
Pavlok 2 is claimed to be a useful tool for dropping habits such as nail biting, smoking, watching TV or being on the computer for hours. However, you have to shock yourself if you break the rules because the bracelet has no way of knowing.
The only way for Pavlok to punish you is with your sleeping habits. If you need to wake up at a specific time, you can set an alarm on the bracelet that will give you the shock to wake up.
If you have trusted friends you can still tell them to install the Pavlok app so they are the ones who give you the shock in case you fall back on bad habits.
The bracelet costs 400 euros and has poor feedback
On its Amazon product page , Pavlok 2 has poor reviews from people who bought and used the wristband. Users indicate that the alarm component does not work, the shock stops working after a few days or the bracelet breaks easily.
In addition, let’s note the obvious: paying 400 euros for an instrument of self-torture is a bad idea. If you want to get rid of a bad habit, there are certainly better ways to spend your money. One of the best ways to improve our lives is through physical exercise. So it is better to subscribe to a gym.
For people with more serious addictions or problems, a shockproof bracelet may not be the right choice. The advice is to seek medical help either by a therapist or psychologist.
The name of the bracelet is inspired by the Russian doctor Ivan Pavlov
Ivan Pavlov was a doctor of the 20th century who decided to test the conditioning of behaviors in dogs. Pavlov would ring a bell every time he fed the dogs, linking the bell to the food.
Eventually Pavlov noticed that by ringing the bell without giving food, the dogs salivated the same because they had already associated the sound with the meal. This discovery helped humankind to discover how our reflexes work and can be conditioned.
Despite the name, the bracelet does not use the same method as Pavlov, choosing to call the bracelet a “positive punishment device.”