The Stress of Modern Meditation: Leaderboards, Streaks, Electric Shocks

Type-A people are descending on the ancient practice of meditation and tweaking the quest for inner peace to suit their hard-charging needs—racking up streaks and broadcasting their running tallies to the world.

One company is pitching meditators on a wristband that reminds them to practice and, if they don’t, gives them a mild electric shock. Streaks are rampant on apps such as Headspace and Calm, which are designed to log and display the consecutive days a user has meditated or practiced mindfulness.

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