This has led to a lot of concern—and a search for the cause. According to popular media headlines such as " Swipe Right For Syphilis ," the culprit is clear: sex and dating apps. A growing chorus of journalists and public health officials alike claim that these apps make it easier than ever to find casual sex partners, which is promoting more hookups and thereby facilitating the spread of STDs. At least on the surface, research appears to support this idea. For example, several studies have found that people who meet their partners online do report more infections on average. Case closed, right?
Health experts say dating apps are contributing to alarming spike in STDs - TheBlaze
It's a line that seems tailor-made for morning news shows, designed to be read in that formal, faux-inquisitive tone newscasters use before cutting to commercial break. It's true that STD rates have risen in the U. Alongside straight coverage of this rise, reports drawing the line between STDs and dating apps have also proliferated on local news , digital outlets , and cable networks around the country. The simplistic sound bite reared its ugly head again when, in May, the California Department of Public Health released its own study on the rise of STDs in the state. In , there were , cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and early syphilis, a 45 percent increase from five years prior and a record high for the third year in a row. There is a tendency, in cultural conversation and in the media, to attribute promiscuity to whatever technological innovation is empowering people who want to have sex.
Millennials, popular dating apps might have increased your risk of gettingSTDs, experts say
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An increase in sexually transmitted diseases over the last four years has some people pointing fingers at popular dating apps like Tinder. Health officials have seen a 45 percent jump in STDs in California alone, with , cases reported last year. James Watt, chief of the division of communicable disease control for the California Department of Health told the San Francisco Chronicle.