A new range of services and analog-only experiences are helping counter the distractions of our always-on lives

As consumers, we are constantly hearing about new technologies that promise to improve our lives, and the positive changes that will come from an always-connected world. Each iterative improvement in our devices claims to optimize our time or manage our workflow. However, there comes a point where the equation flips, and these devices become more of a burden. According to a recent study, The On Demand Economy By the Numbers, “70 percent of Americans now own smartphones and the average person checks their phone every six minutes, about 150 times a day.”

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