And yet another reason NOT TO USE FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK leads to the sexually-transmitted disease SYPHILIS!!!
March 25, 2010
The internet is a place for information and now it is a place for diseases.
Case have increased fourfold in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside, the areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular.
Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, claimed staff had found a link between social networking sites and the spread of the bacteria, especially among young women.
He said: “Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.
“There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.
“I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.
“Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”
In Teesside there were 30 recorded cases of syphilis last year, but the true figures are expected to be much higher.
Research has shown that young people in Sunderland, Durham and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to log onto social networking sites than those in the rest of Britain.
A Facebook spokesman said: “The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision. Today’s reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.
“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”
Okay, one is a scientist and the other is the spokesman for Facebook. I think that the scientist understands the difference between the two. I also like how the blinders are put on and ONLY think that the service is being used for friends, family and co-workers. It is clearly being used for random hook-ups. I am not banging on them for that. Using the internet to help you get some action is totally fine by me. My boy Wes is trying to patent the internet macking game. But, to ignore the fact that the service helps people hook up and have casual sex is foolish. Because I like you, I will not have any pictures of Syphilis sufferers. It is disgusting.
But, this serves as a warning…