( 4UMF NEWS ) Man Pays Woman To Slap Him:
Talk about slapping procrastination in the face.
Maneesh Sethi, a blogger currently living in New York, paid a woman $8 an hour to take a swipe at his head every time he got off task, and he says it worked. He decided to let a stranger take the matter into her own hands when he realized that he was wasting about 30 hours a week looking at Facebook and other forms of social media.
“I found that I had been having a lot of trouble getting focused. There was just an incredible amount of things that were distracting my attention,” Sethi told the Daily News, adding that his experiment was inspired by the “slap bets” seen on “How I Met Your Mother.”
Sethi was able to measure his productivity through an app called RescueTime, which records the amount of time you spend on different websites.
“When I have a boss or someone of authority watching me, I always get my work done,” Sethi wrote on his blog, recalling his thought process. “How can I simulate the authority figure?”
So, Sethi turned to Craiglist, where he posted an ad titled “(Domestic gigs) Slap me if I get off task,” which got more than 20 responses in the hour after it went up.
“I’m looking for someone who can work next to me at a defined location (my house or a cafe) and will make sure to watch what is happening on my screen,” the ad said. “When I am wasting time, you’ll have to yell at me or if need be, slap me.”
He sifted through the responses and found Kara, who can be seen striking Sethi on the face in a video that has since gone viral on YouTube.
“It gave me a non-conventional reminder of what I was supposed to be doing – and it ended up being something I didn’t want to happen again,” Sethi wrote on his blog.
The self-described “digital nomad” said his productivity skyrocketed from 38 percent to 98 percent thanks to his “slapper.”
Though this was the first time Sethi experimented with the unusual motivation technique, he has videotaped himself getting slapped before. In fact, he produced a short video in which he can been seen getting hit by more than 50 women while visiting Colombia.
“It was surprisingly hard to get people to slap me without asking,” Sethi told the Daily News with a laugh.