Mobile phones confirm ‘invisible borders’

19/12/2013

Mobile Phones Confirm ‘invisible Borders’

Despite the technology at our fingertips allowing us to get in touch with people across the globe, most people only communicate with those within specific areas.

As much as people in the UK may joke about a north-south divide, mobile phone use has proved that it does exist.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that there is an invisible line, 100 miles north of London, that less than ten per cent of communications cross.

This shows two distinct regions in the UK, the north and the south. Plenty of communication goes on inside these regions, but not between them.

The MIT researchers found similar divides in Italy and Belgium, as well as weaker ones in France, Portugal, the Ivory Coast, and Saudi Arabia.

Carlo Ratti, co-author of the research, said that the research shows “a more natural geography that emerges from people” as opposed to political boundaries.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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