Legitimized Luddite

Consumers seek out tools to help them take breaks from connectivity

Implications - Consumers spend the majority of their lives with a smartphone within arm's reach, which has only increased the sentimental, nostalgic appeal of a pre-tech disconnect. However, disconnecting can be difficult without help, and companies have contributed by offering tools and apps that disable connectivity. Digitization isn't always the best way to engage people, and brands show authentic care for consumers when addressing tech fatigue through products that offer a disconnected alternative.
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Connection-Blocking Phone Cases - 'Block' is a Stylish Accessory That Stops Messages, Calls and More
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Warm 1,038 Clicks Pub: Nov 16, 16
Connection-Blocking Phone Cases
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Warm 818 Clicks Pub: Apr 13, 17
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Warm 1,453 Clicks Pub: Dec 2, 16
Miniature Phone Beds
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Warm 549 Clicks Pub: Nov 16, 16
Signal-Blocking Smartphone Boxes
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Smartphone-Storing Productivity Lamps - The Offline Lamp Only Works If You Surrender Your Phone
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This Year and Average 310 Clicks Pub: Dec 6, 17
Smartphone-Storing Productivity Lamps
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The Offline Lamp creates a distraction-free environment for the consumer, as it only provides light if the user surrenders their smart phone. This lamp was designed by Klemens Schillinger as a way... [More]
Disconnecting Phone Apps - Samsung's 'Thrive' Will Block Selected Social Sites to Promote Balance
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Mild 196 Clicks Pub: Oct 26, 17
Disconnecting Phone Apps
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