Wearable health technology is all the rage these days. Silicon Valley just can’t get enough little gadgets to track our movements, weight and bodyfat percentage, blood pressure, and other vital statistics.
Granted, some of these gadgets are pretty cool, and maybe even useful. And yet most current wearables like the Jawbone and Fitbit lines of products are little more than glorified pedometers.
Pavlok is advertised as the first wearable gadget that shocks you if you don’t do what you committed to doing.
This latest wearable is the product of energetic, young Maneesh Sethi whose website advertises “cheat codes for life.” Sethi is brother of Ramit Sethi, Ramit being the creator of the popular financial advice blog “I Will Teach You To Be Rich.”
Maneesh and I had a vigorous debate on Twitter about his product, which ended when Ramit encouraged me to write a longer article. So here goes!
You, dear reader, can be the judge of whether my arguments are convincing or not. I doubt I will convince Maneesh, for as Upton Sinclair wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
But more important than this particular product, I think the Pavlok is an iconic example of an entire paradigm of personal development that thinks self-aggression is the best way to go about personal change. Read to the end to find out why! Continue Reading this Essay