MIT Students' Device Curbs Facebook Use Via Electric Shock

MIT Students' Device Curbs Facebook Use Via Electric Shock

MIT students Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff have developed a device designed to help them curb what they estimate to be a 50 hour a week Facebook habit. The “Pavlov Poke” monitors computer usage and can deliver a shock to your wrist through the keyboard rest if it finds you’ve been online too much. 

In a promo video, McDuff said the device “monitors application usage and if you spend too much time on a particular website or application it will give you a shock” that is “unpleasant but not dangerous.”

The MIT duo failed once before to cure themselves of their Facebook addiction when they hired strangers to call and berate them if they spent too much time online. 

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