millennial problems

Our Dream of a Dog Collar That Shocks Us When We Say ‘Like’ May Soon Come to Fruition

Watch out, tweens.
Like, like, like *ZAP* (Photo: Getty images)

Like, like, like *ZAP* (Photo: Getty images)

Young people these days — “millennials,” if you will — catch a lot of flack because of how chilled out and awesome they are. One thing that is kind of annoying about people born from about 1985 onward, though, is their tendency to sometimes say the word “like” every five seconds and end every sentence as if it were a question kind of?

Luckily, though, scientists are developing sensors built to sit inside people’s mouths. The technology will be able to monitor users’ eating, smoking and speech habits, Fast Co. reports.

The sensor was placed on volunteers’ molars and was able to monitor coughing, drinking, chewing and talking “with up to 94 percent accuracy,” according to Fast Co.

So how could this make itself useful? Such an implant could monitor users’ diet through health apps, quantifying food consumed in a much cooler and less depressing way than opening up a Weight Watchers Points manual and penciling in every freaking munchkin.

It could also “hold a person looking to quit smoking responsible for a sneaky cigarette,” Fast Co. reports, or provide parents with “an evidence-based method to once-and-for-all eliminate the valley girl ‘like’ from kids’ rhetoric.”

If science can somehow come up with a Pavlovian way to punish us for each verbal tic, you don’t even have to get our parents involved, we’ll be in line for the new tech. If it can teach people how not to chew loudly and mouth-breathe on airplanes, that’d be great, too.

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