New watch claims to estimate when you'll die

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Keryna Monson ~ Multimedia Journalist

There’s a new watch on the market that claims it can predict the time you are going to die down to the nearest second, reports Mail Online. BYU-Hawaii students said while the idea is intriguing, they think it is also unsettling.

According to Mail Online, the wearer fills out a questionnaire by entering information about their medical history to determine life expectancy. They are also asked whether they drink or smoke and if there are any instances of cancer, diabetes and other diseases in their family.

Wearers are additionally asked about how much exercise they do, as well as how much they weigh before receiving a score. Their age is then deducted from the results to predict a death date, and the Tikker begins the countdown.

Kayla Helm, a freshman from Nevada majoring in social work, shared both the pros and cons to the new Tikker, as it is now being called.

“I feel like there’s that con that if you know when your going to die you would start to get discouraged,” she said. “On the other hand, knowing when you are going to die could give you the motivation you wanted to get things done,” said Helm. While being able to look at the Tikker from both sides, Helm said she would not be interested in trying it out.

John Hales, a junior from California majoring in business marketing, had a lighter attitude towards the Tikker. Although he was curious and said he would try out the watch if given the opportunity, he was still skeptical about the accuracy of the watch.

“I’ve taken philosophy so it’s like are you fated to die that day. Who knows? I don’t know if I would take it as an exact day but within the week I would be pretty freaked out. I would totally try it out and maybe see if I could prove it wrong,” said Hales.

Other students such as Teresa Tamayo, a freshman from California majoring in social work, were more resistant to the Tikker and a bit scared as well of the new device.

“The minute I heard about it I kind of wanted to cry,” she said. “What if you were to put it on and it said that you would be dying tomorrow? That would just make me sad,” said Tamayo.

The inventor Fredrik Colting said about it, “The occurrence of death is no surprise to anyone, but in our modern society we rarely talk about it. I think that if we were more aware of our own expiration I’m sure we’d make better choices while we are alive.”