chapter  5
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Nations

Personal mobility, physical as well as virtual, consists in its contemporary sense, of a double process, namely discrete adoptions and rather continuous usages of mobility media. In the first part of the previous chapter we briefly highlighted adoption processes, comparing the adoption of cars, telephones and the Internet in the US. This was followed in the latter part of that chapter by a discussion of use relationships among mobility technologies. As we noted already, chronologically it is rather for adoption to precede use, but it is in the continuous use process that the major socio-spatial aspects of mobility are revealed.