It’s more than once been suggested that I join an online dating website, being the single gal that I am, but uhhh…this new report might not be the best advertisement ever.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, our pals to the north aren’t practicing safe sex, and online dating might be to blame. The group found that their country had seen a marked increase in chlamydia cases in the past 10 years – a jump of almost 66 percent, to be exact – while the online dating world had simultaneously exploded. Coincidence? They think not. Though there’s no real hard evidence, there’s some pretty convincing facts that are hard to ignore.
Online dating creates a greater perception of intimacy before actually meeting your “match”, and thus, daters end up trusting each other way more than they should before meeting. And so, many times, they say to themselves, “Hey, this guy I’ve been getting to know for x amount of months doesn’t have syphilis, so should the sexual situation arise, well, if we don’t have a condom, I’ll be fine.” Wrong, people. SO, SO WRONG! What happened to a little good, old fashioned skepticism?!
Middle-aged men and women make up a large part of the online dating population – many of whom have been in monogamous, committed relationships for however long and are just re-entering the dating scene – and thus, are either not used to using protection on a regular basis, or, in the case of some women, are simply not able to become pregnant anymore. Alright, good excuse, I guess, but STDs still exist, and if you’re not worried about a bun in the oven, you should be worried about the possibility of having icky, weird stuff going on down there for the indefinite future.
And it’s not exclusively a Canadian phenomenon either. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta conducted a survey in 2004 which concluded that 43 percent of the women (no specifics on age, here) who participated had sex with someone they met first online and had a high rate of sexually transmitted diseases. Gross. The good news is that because of these statistics and the crazy stuff going on over the border, many health departments in the US are working with online dating sites to educate users and make sure these numbers dwindle.
In the meantime, certain STDs are reported to be on the rise. Proceed with caution, Lovelies! (via Jezebel)
Have you used online dating sites?