Zap Your Temptations Away?

Sounds a tad crazy, but there’s now a device that shocks you whenever it detects that you’re engaging in a habit you want to break.

home-hero-product-imageHere’s the pitch:

MEET PAVLOK: THE FIRST DEVICE THAT BREAKS HABITS BY DELETING TEMPTATION.

PAVLOK ASSOCIATES A MILD ZAP WITH YOUR BAD HABIT, TRAINING YOUR BRAIN TO STOP LIKING THE HABIT.

 

No clue if it works, but it’s an example of precommitment – making a decision today that alters the costs and benefits of future choices. In this case, it increases the cost of doing a tempting future behavior.

Typically precommitment works best when you find a Goldilocks level of punishment: too low and it won’t dissuade you from engaging the bad behavior; too high and you will shy away from using the device altogether.

Let me know if you’ve tried it!

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