There are more and more location tracking apps for phones, like Life360. This could mean that teens and young adults are okay with their parents always knowing where they are. The number of downloads of Life360 has risen in the last two years. According to The Wall Street Journal, 33 million US families, or one in nine, now use the app.
“If something happened to me, I think it would be useful for my parents to know my last location,” one 16-year-old told the Wall Street Journal.
Tracking and sharing locations with friends on these apps is not only a safety measure, but also a way for young people to show love. According to Michael Sake, a senior professor in digital sociology at City, University of London, “that act is linked to intimacy.” He told The New York Times. “There’s a verification of being friends.”