MIT Data Shows That U.S. Communication Borders Are Different From Geographic Ones

With the exception of the states of Alaska and Hawaii, the borders of the states in the United States seem almost arbitrary (without reading the history behind them). MIT’s Senseable City Lab’s project data demonstrates that the geographic borders do not reflect the communication clusters in the U.S.


For example, if I understand the color-coding correctly, it looks like the New England states not only merge together (based on voice calling patterns) but also includes Florida where, I presume, is a choice migration point for many from the northeast. California, on the other hand, splits in northern and southern segments. The southern segment spills into south Nevada and western Arizona. And, it looks like Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington (State) form a group too.

A map based on SMS (text messaging), however, shows a different set of groupings. California splits into three distinct segments (instead of the two see in voice call patterns). Southern Nevada breaks away from California in terms of texting patterns and becomes affiliated with Utah and Idaho.

Via Mashable: The Connected States of America [INFOGRAPHIC]

Video courtesy of senseablecitylab