A growing number of internet users are adding a new layer of location information to their posts, and a majority of smartphone owners use their phone's location-based services. A new survey from Pew Internet finds that 74 percent of adult smartphone owners ages 18 and older say they use their phone to get directions or other information based on their current location. Among adult social media users ages 18 and older, 30 percent say that at least one of their accounts is currently set up to include their location in their posts, up from 14 percent who said they had never done this in 2011. This trend is also becoming more popular among younger users. An earlier Pew Internet survey of teens ages 12-17 found that 16 percent of teen social media users have their accounts set up to automatically include their location in posts.
However, Pew's research does show a modest drop in the number of smartphone owners who use "check in" location services. Some 12 percent of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to "check in" to certain locations or share their location with friends. That number is down from 18 percent of smartphones owners who reported doing that type of activity in early 2012. Of these geosocial service users, 39 percent say they check into places on Facebook, 18 percent say they use Foursquare and 14 percent say they use Google Plus, among other services.
Yet, although most smartphone owners use their phones' abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns. As of
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