...and that secret is...we're actually pretty dull.
This study is the first one of its kind conducted and consisted of 100.000 cell phone users being unknowingly tracked. The study subjects were randomly chosen from among 6 million cell phone users.
In a report by the New York Times, the researchers from Northeastern University in Boston obtained their data from an unnamed European cell phone service provider.
The study lasted for 6 months and targeted the cell phone user's locations whenever they made or received a call or text message. The result of the study concluded that humans are a basically boring bunch and we rarely travel more than a 20-mile radius from our home base.
The larger goal of the study was to eventually create a computer model through further studies for understanding emergency response, urban planning and the spread of disease.
What do you think? Was it necessary? Was it ethical?
Source : http://www.landlinemag.com/todays_news/Daily/2008/Jun08/060208/060608-07.htm