Formal is a new app designed to help people ignore the constant stream of texts from their phone and focus on what's in front of them

A Messenger service called Formal is a new piece of software designed to minimize distractions by delivering messages only three times a day in small batches. Formal works by collecting all outgoing messages and sending them out in bursts at predetermined times, ensuring that you don’t procrastinate your to-do list by texting friends untimely memes.

The app is designed to control all non-immediate communication, clearing the way for users to get more done without distraction. If there are any messaging threads that are immediate and integral, the user can mark them as “Watch,” meaning that all communications will be delivered and received in real-time. As more of our daily lives are becoming tied to constantly checking our phones, Formal works to limit that interaction, clearing up time and space for analog tasks.

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