The rates of sexually transmitted diseases have increased in California. According to a report by the California Department of Public Health, gonorrhea rates have increased by 13 percent and syphilis by 18 percent.
However, one social media expert believes the rise in STD rates is related to the rise in people who communicate on social media. The highest percentage of those infected by STDs are people from 15-24. They are also most likely to sext and use apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Tinder and Grindr.
Thomas Dodson of Above the Fray, a nonprofit that seeks to teach youth responsibility while they use social media, told KCRA 3 that constant connectivity has allowed more people to meet and engage in sex.
But Dodson’s theory has yet to be thoroughly examined. It doesn’t present a direct correlation between social media use and unprotected sex. The person’s environment and sexual behavior are also important details that must be studied before a conclusion is made regarding social media and the rise of STD infections.
Several health organizations in California will be looking to educate the public on safe sex practices and testing for STDs.