If you have a problem with self-discipline when it comes to eating junk food, then this bracelet might just be the solution you’re looking for.
Let’s admit it – there have been countless times in our lives where we’ve lost all self-control. These situations sometimes make us wish that there was an external force out there, with the sole purpose of keeping us from making bad choices.
Luckily (or unfortunately depends on your point of view), the technological age has allowed for such a thing to exist!
Check out the Pavlok 2.
Sold by Amazon, this bracelet claims to help people avoid doing things that are bad for them. Smoking, nail biting, sleeping too much, and other bad habits like spending too much time on social media, wasting money on unworthy purchases, and eating unhealthy food are just some of the things that the Pavlok 2 can help you with.
This bracelet will give the wearer a 350-volt electric shock as a gentle reminder to stop whatever bad thing he was doing or to prevent it from being done in the first place.
Your friends can even download an app where they can give you a buzz whenever they see you doing something that they know you’ve been trying to avoid.
According to the makers of this product:
“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.”
This bracelet that utilizes the concept of aversive conditioning costs $199 and has 150 shocks per charge. So depending on how disciplined you are, it could last for quite a while.
The inventor of the device described exactly what the shock feels in an interview with ABC News. He said:
“It feels like if you were to touch a doorknob after rubbing your socks on the carpet.”
“There’s a real power in using a little bit of pain to help you break your bad habits,” he added.
So far, the product has received mixed reviews from customers. Some say that it has helped them break their bad habits, while others complain about its quality and effectiveness.
“I really wanted this thing to work. But, it just doesn’t. By “work” though, I mean the shock component, because that’s whole appeal of the device. Otherwise is just an oversized fitbit with no display and only an alarm feature,” one customer wrote.
“These days I dont get many cravings to drink or drug. But I know if they become too much I always have my pavlok there to get some relief. And I know it is still THE ONLY THING that actually stops cravings once they start and prevents them from beginning in the first place…”
It is a shock – literally and figuratively – that one bracelet can accomplish all this. But based on these reviews, it is clear that what worked for one may not always work for the other – much like most products available in the market.
Do you think it’s worth a try? Watch the video below to learn more about the Pavlok 2.
(Note: This article is for informational and entertainment purposes only and not to be treated as a professional opinion, recommendation or diagnosis.)