These studies have introduced the idea of social networking sites having an impact on STDs, but there is still a significant gap in the literature. The results will be useful to state health officials who are trying to inform and educate the public about the causes, consequences, and means of avoiding STDs. (2014) stated that social networking sites could lead to more or less empathy in individuals using those sites.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the leading social networking sites, including online dating sites and dating apps such as Tinder, Zoosk, Bumble, Hinge, and many others, that have become popular in recent years and to see if they are associated with STDs in different U. Social networking allows individuals to be exposed to others who they would not otherwise meet.
Rhode Island, New Zealand, and southern California recently reported sharp increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). states that have more users of social networking sites, dating sites, and dating apps like Match.com, Ashley Madison, Our Time, Down Dating, Bumble, Zoosk, Hinge, Score, At First Sight, Plenty of Fish, Eharmony, Adult Friend Finder, Tinder, Grindr, and Facebook have more cases of STDs after controlling for population, race, age, income, education, and population density.
Health department officials stated that these increases appeared to be due to the more widespread use of social media like Tinder, Grindr, and Facebook, which allow users to readily connect with and meet others. It was found that states with more users of Match.com, OKCupid, and Down Dating had a larger number of cases of STDs, while states with more users of Our Time, Ashley Madison, Facebook, How About We, Hinge, Adult Friend Finder, Grindr, Bumble, Score, Tinder, and At First Sight had fewer cases of STDs.
The link between social media usage and narcissism has been discussed by several authors (Agrawal 2016; Firestone 2012; Nauert 2016). (2014) found that posting updates on Facebook was associated with narcissism and exaggerated feelings of self importance for females.
Widman and Mc Nulty (2011) stated that narcissism and infidelity associated with narcissism could lead to a greater risk of contracting an STD.
The California Department of Health statistics showed a 13% increase in gonorrhea rates and an 18% increase in syphilis rates from 2012 to 2013.
There are health officials who believe that social networking sites like Facebook make it easier for individuals to meet, get to know each other, and have casual sex leading to STDs, while others believe that social media is not responsible for the increase in STDs (Berr 2010).
By simply swiping on these apps to accept the conversation of another, two people could quickly get together for a casual affair.
The Department of Health attributed these increases in part, to the increased use of social media and the casual encounters they engendered.
Whitman (2015) also stated that outbreaks of syphilis in New Zealand in 2012 and syphilis and gonorrhea in the United Kingdom were thought to be related to the app ‘Grindr’ and other similar apps.
Some cater to more mature individuals, some to professionals, some to the more religious, and some to higher income groups.
Some dating sites require their clients to fill out comprehensive surveys and questionnaires to ensure the best possible matches.