According to new statistics released by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, only 4 per cent of US adults use location-based services.
The study, which surveyed 3,000 people over the age of 18, revealed that on any given day only one per cent of people access 'geosocial' services.
Pew found that location-based services were more popular with users aged between 18-29 years, with 8 per cent of them admitting to using them.
Of those ages 30-49, only four per cent made use of check-in apps, as did two per cent of 50-64 year olds and one per cent of those aged 65 or older.
Mobile location-based services were used by 6 per cent of the males surveyed, while only three per cent of woman admitted using them.
Location based services like Foursquare and Gowalla allow users to share their locations with friends, check-in to specific places to gain points and receive special discounts when they visit partner outlets and restaurants.