Tinder is apparently the cause of a 79 per cent increase in STDs
Catchup News learns today that a US state has blamed what it calls an “epidemic” of sexually transmitted diseases on hook-up apps such as Tinder and Grindr. Oh dear. Epidemic is a very serious word for such a silly way of rating the attractiveness of strangers. Who knew Tinder could be our downfall? The department of health for Rhode Island said it had experienced a marked rise from 2013 to 2014 in a number of STDs, including a 79 per cent increase in syphilis cases. 79 PERCENT! That’s crazy. There must be other reasons. Like maybe there’s a condom shortage in the state or schools have given up on sex ed. It can’t just be the fault of a swipe. State officials say they wanted to issue an “alert to Rhode Islanders” about the issue of sexual health. Gonorrhea cases, it said, were up 30 per cent, while the number of newly-identified HIV cases increased by nearly a third. Those are scary figures. And while the state said better testing had contributed to the rising figures, the blame was also put on “high-risk behaviours… including using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters”. Bloody hell. More from Catchup News after we delete Tinder and join Christian Mingle.