Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union, is freaking out because STD rates have risen. The state blames hookup apps like Tinder for having a hand in the increase.
CNN reports that “Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonorrhea cases increased by 30%. STD cases for young adults are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population.”
And it’s all because you both swiped right.
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This isn’t the first time the internet has been blamed for aiding in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Craigslist was found to have helped push a 16% increase in HIV infections according to a study from New York University.
A study from New Zealand found that Grindr, a gay hookup app, was linked with more than half of all new syphilis cases in 2012.
Wrap it up, boys and girls! Wrap it up.