Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2014 19:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

I'm using the URL slug headline for this one (check the link).

This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

If you live in the New York metro area, you don't need to be told that Manhattan is where the region's rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan's median income is $67,000 a year. Newark's is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.

This fascinates me, as it seems to be a very American thing. In The Netherlands, Android has an 80% market share, and we have far lower poverty rates than the US (that Newark median income is crazy low by Dutch standards). I'm pretty sure the situation is similar for many other West-European nations.

This raises an interesting question: is it 'Android is for poor people' - or is it 'Android is for poor people in America'?

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by Tractor on Tue 8th Apr 2014 09:06 UTC
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Class & social division is much more acute in USA than in Europe.

Europe still dreams of a middle class encompassing from the poor to the riches, with minimum people out of it. But even in Europe this vision is being hammered and slowly disappear overtime.

USA is more and more looking like South Africa or Israƫl : Rich people living together in protected places, while slaves, sorry poor people/uneducated moron/dangerous dealer/potential terrorists, are parked into their own separated area (with preferably a fence to separate both worlds).

The future of USA, as dreamed by its most wealthy members, is something like Elysium.

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