Despite causing less face-to-face interaction than ever before, the increases in face-to-junk interaction thanks to dating apps like Tinder are leading people to claim that they're behind a rise in STDs. How people are getting gonorrhea through their phone screens is beyond us, but it's a credit to the telecommunications companies giving couples that extra touch to their phone sex. The next time you swipe right, remember to glove up.
"You got your Hepatitis B in my crabs!"
"No, you got your crabs in my Hepatitis B!"
The thing is, it's probably not true at all. The way people meet might be changing, but the way they transmit their gross goopy genital germs hasn't. This didn't stop Vice, The Daily Mail (missed you guys!), and Yahoo! from inserting their own ... dammit. They gave us the wrong information.
BSTDs: Bullshit-Transmitted Disinformation.
The closest they got to real facts was some people they interviewed indicating that they met their partners through social media. Social media was only one (completely anecdotal) avenue through which relationships were formed (rather than destroyed). "Experts" are "claiming" that there's a link here, but none are studying, measuring, and/or quantifying data, which is what experts are for.
They conveniently left out the fact that there are far more accurate reasons, such as unprotected sex, promiscuity, and having sex while intoxicated. All the legitimate data indicates is rising cases of STDs -- specifically gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. There's a lot of casual sex, but not even a halfhearted attempt at a fling has been documented between dating apps and infections. All we really know is that we need to pay better attention to what kinds of things we're letting get viral.
If you're interested in the real reason STDs are on the rise, you'll find it from @M_Hossey on Twitter. Wear a glove. Or two.
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