How Pavlok Knows When To Shock You

• Feb 21 2015


The #1 question everyone asks about Pavlok is “how does it know?”

How does it know you are smoking?

How does it know you are on Facebook?

How does it know you just ate your third Big Mac with extra cheese?

The simple answer is there are both easy-track and hard-track habits.

Examples of easy-tracks include time spent on Facebook, pressing a snooze button or obsessively checking your phone.

Basically, an app goes “beep you are on Facebook” and Pavlok shocks you.

Easy tracks are the near-term priority for Pavlok.

But there are also hard-tracks like smoking, nail biting and over eating. Yes, these are trackable too, but the technology is still in development.

If you have a hard-track habit, there is actually something better — “self shock” — the way scientists have been doing this for decades.

When you shock yourself — which we teach you how and when to do in the included 5 day habit change app — you increase awareness & supercharge your natural ability to resist.

Because of this, self shock actually has much higher success rates than an automatic shock does for changing habits.


And there is another option too. You can link your Pavlok to a friend’s phone via Bluetooth and let them monitor you. This method works well when you need a little extra help to quit your habit.

BTW, the #2 question everyone asks about Pavlok is “will it work for my habit?”

And the answer is yes, yes it will :- )

Click here for the list of bad habits you can break with Pavlok.

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