In a recent study, Maxim Massenhoff and Nathan Wilmers of the Naval Postgraduate School and Harvard University used SafeGraph mobile location data to determine where Americans of different classes are more likely to meet. In general, Americans are pretty isolated. Their study shows that:
- Americans are even less likely to mix with people from different socio-economic classes than pre-pandemic.
- We’re working remotely and shopping online more, and venturing outside of our own neighborhoods less.
- New research shows affordable chain restaurants (like Olive Garden and Applebee’s) are the exception.
Read more about this paper here.