In Brief

A trio of services are freeing us from digital distraction to boost our ability for creative thought

Think you can go 15 minutes without checking your smartphone? Sounds easy enough, but studies show that the average user is on their device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes. One downside of this constant stimulation is that it directly impacts our capacity for creativity and ability to develop new ideas, something we embark upon in our Live, Work, Play Better Report.

Manoush Zomorodi, host of New Tech City, a public radio show, and creator of Bored & Brilliant, puts it this way: “It turns out we do our most original thinking when we allow ourselves to get bored and let our minds wander. This is when our brains flip a switch and start using a network often called the ‘Default Mode.’”

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