Are You On Facebook Too Much? This New Project Might Shock You

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Two researchers at MIT have created the ultimate anti-Facebook app: a keyboard that shocks you when you try to log onto the popular social networking site.

Designed by Richard R. Morris and Dan McDuff, the app connects to your computer and watches what you're doing in your browser. When it senses that you're on Facebook, you get a shock.

It's called Pavlov Poke. Yeah, that Pavlov.

The pair created a video detailing their project. They built it when the realized that they both spent more than 50 hours on Facebook a week, making it a guilty pleasure that had turned into an addiction. 

"While this project is intended to be a joke, we believe a serious discussion is needed about how communication technologies are designed," said Morris. He sees Facebook as being as addictive as cigarettes.

Did it work?

"We’re not sure. To be truly effective, many shock exposures are probably needed. Proper conditioning procedures should be followed. Sadly, we found the shocks so aversive, we removed the device pretty quickly after installing it. Anecdotally, however, I did notice a significant, though temporary, reduction in my Facebook usage," said Morris.

Sadly we can't buy a Pavlov Poke for ourselves -- but you can build one yourself if you're so inclined. If you're afraid of shocks, the researchers also built a system that makes a real person call your phone and chew you own for getting onto Facebook. Ain't technology grand?

Would you ever feel like you needed something this extreme to curb your Facebook usage?

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jalaz77 jalaz77

No but I am on it too much. Until baby starts sleeping through the night and I go back to work this is how I feel connected to the world. I have a hard time staying awake while nursing, we get so comfy, so FB keeps me up.

Kahla11 Kahla11

jalaz77 this is exactly how i am right now. my twins are making it harder and harder for me to stay awake while nursing them. i have been using facebook to keep myself up.

jalaz77 jalaz77

I hear more and more moms are doing this Kahla11. I played Tetris on my flip phone with baby #1 haha! Before we got our iPhones and at that time it was the blackberry for smart phones.

nonmember avatar Raven

LOL my mom was just telling me I spend about 10 hours a day on it.. 17 with 3 m old daughter, whenever I'm breastfeeding or just sitting or eating, every spare second I get I'm on. Funny cuz no messages or notifications!! I just keep mindlessly scrolling through the same old stories for hours. Why? I can't help 't. Like ocd or an addiction XD. Should be diff when school start tho

AryaA... AryaAriens

As with any other social media, we do need to restrict its use to prevent bad things against the day-to-day activities. We just need better control. Jasa seo | seo murah

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