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Shock Therapy For Facebook Addiction

Last updated on Saturday, August 31, 2013

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) - When two MIT students realized they were spending more than 50 hours on Facebook every week, they decided to break their addiction.

Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff created Pavlov Poke to wean themselves from the social network. The device tracks Facebook usage and sends a harmless, yet painful shock every time the user visits Facebook is too frequently.

Morris and McDuff said they aren't selling the Pavlov Poke, and it's intended as a joke to stir conversation about the reality of technology addiction. The students cited a study that showed Facebook users spend an average of 400 minutes on the site. Some research argue technology can be just as addictive as gambling, alcohol or cigarettes.

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