Here’s good work if you can find it–eight bucks an hour to slap another human being. Repeatedly. Writer Maneesh Sethi was disappointed with how much time he wasted looking at social media instead of doing work, and posted a Craiglist ad looking for a dedicated slapper. Every time he logged onto Facebook, he wanted someone to hit him. Considering there are lots of people who would slap me for free, it’s no surprise that his ad received 20 inquiries in the first hour. His ad, in full:
Title:(domestic gigs) Slap me if I get off task…
I’m looking for someone who can work next to me at a defined location (my house or a mission cafe) and will make sure to watch what is happening on my screen. When I am wasting time, you’ll have to yell at me or if need be, slap me.
You can do your own work at the same time. Looking for help asap, in mission, near 16th mission BART.
Compensation: $8 / hour, and you can do your own work from your computer at the same time.
Sethi chose another writer named Kara, and she worked on her laptop at the same cafe, and slapped him a few times. He found that his productive time went from 38% to 98%. He attributed it to the social element, as opposed to the negative gratification, but still: that’s a lot more work! Also, she was a person that Sethi could bounce his ideas off of, kind of like a domanatrix-cum-editor. The 8 bucks an hour gig is unique for now, but there are a whole lot of of other people who could use the same service.