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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I'd wager most who had kids had them while they were unable to afford them.

That has been my experience with humans. I see children going without while their parents collect welfare then go out and buy the latest iMustHave.

Sometimes, but it's still a broad over generalization. There's just so much prejudice against the poor, to the point of pretending they're all just lazy worthless bums. The thing is there's a tendency to rope them all together as though they all deserve to be in that boat. This overlooks the real hardships of the situation, and that very few of us could realistically hope to escape from if we were the ones in poverty.

15% of the US population is officially in poverty, which is bad, however looking at the official income levels used to measure poverty in the US, this seems to be under represented for political purposes.

Single: $11,670
Couple: $15,730
Family of 3: $19,790
Family of 4: $23,850

There's just no realistic way *anyone* can afford to pay for modern housing/food/childcare/medical/clothing/savings/etc bills at those levels (ie pick one). Even doubling those incomes won't dramatically increase true self sufficiency, because expenses are just getting out of hand even at the median level.

It is a real problem that's gotten worse in recent generations even as GDP has grown (owning to the fact that most/all of the gains have been distributed to the wealthy). I don't think it does justice to brush this off as solely a consequence of bad personal financing.

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