What's popular on a smartphone? Not checking in, study says

Smartphones breed social activities. Thumbs sore from texting and faces sore from smiling for the camera, some activities are ubiquitous among smartphone wielders. Others… not so much.

According to the results of a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center, 92% of smartphone users text and the same amount takes pictures. But just 12% "check in" with location based services like Foursquare (I'm one of them). And only 15% use Twitter (I'm one of them).

Sending photos and videos is popular, with 80% doing so, and emailing remains a common activity at 76%. Social networking is surprisingly lukewarm in popularity at just 59% (why is Twitter separate from this? Do they stack up to 74%? That sounds more plausible). 

Check ins may not be a hot ticket item, but location-based technology is still well used. Getting directions or recommendations via this type of geosocial service is an activity performed by more than half of smartphone users.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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