Americans, it seems, are always striving for bigger, faster, stronger — but when it comes to slowing down, we’re seriously lagging behind the rest of the world. Where productivity reigns supreme, constant multitasking and connection to digital devices (even during vacations and weekends) are inescapable facts of daily life.

Here in the States, no daily activity exists outside the grip of a mobile device: We check our email while going to the bathroom, text while walking down the street (and having sex), and interrupt conversations with our friends and family members to pick up the phone. Fifteen percent of US respondents to an AOL survey even said they send emails while at church.

This go, go, go mentality isn’t universal

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