We all love a good social app, don’t we? I love to Tweet the day away, like many of my peers. It’s a great way to be interactive without the trouble of actually having to be all up in each other’s faces. But according to a new study from health officials in Rhode Island, being TOO social is becoming a real hazard to our health.
Basically, they blame Tinder. According to the AJC, these officials say that Tinder is an app for “sex-starved” millennials, and this is the reason why STD rates have sky rocketed.
A report from CNN cites that between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79 percent, with HIV infections increasing by 33 percent and gonorrhea cases by 30 percent. Ouch.
Health officials in New Zealand are pointing fingers at the hookup site Grindr (I feel like the name says it all). They say that more than half of all syphilis cases in 2012 can be linked to the Grindr app.
One dude took it a step further. “Thanks to Grindr or Tinder, you can acquire chlamydia in five minutes,” Peter Greenhouse of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV told the Daily Mail.
I’m not really sure how I feel about any of this. I feel like STD’s are spread through sex…not online usage…but who knows? There’s no question that interacting online gives people bigger balls, (no pun intended) so people may be inclined to be more risque.
What do you think? Is social media a factor when it comes to high STD rates?