Do you really know the person you met online and how many people your cyber sweetie slept with over the course of one month let alone one year?So what is it the real message that needs to be spread (no pun intended)…recent research indicates alarming statistics which show that those people who date online face an even greater risk of sexual health implications (should I be more specific here for you…we are talking AIDS, Herpes, Chlamydia, HPV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Warts, etc.).
This correlation of STI’s and online dating is not only concerning for women but it reaches even further and does not stop there.
Both sexes face a markedly increase in the risk of contracting an STI in an online dating community.
In a different study conducted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, Calif., gay men who used social dating applications had a 37% percent greater risk of contracting Chlamydia. Why are online daters more likely to contract a STI?
But, let’s face it, for most people; it appears that the “deeper” bond becomes a race to the bedroom.
As you all know, anytime hormones are raging, alcohol is flowing and sex is involved, there is a risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Studies have shown that with online dating, this risk is even more increased!!
In a recent survey conducted by a research team at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, 43% of women have had sex with a date they met online and had a higher rate of STI transmission than the average dating population.
What do a former playmate/attorney, an online dating site, a condom brand and a pharmacist have in common? Except for we’ve all teamed up to make people aware of the increased STI transmission risk associated with online dating. Statistically speaking, one out of three marriages starts with online dating.
But in reality, is online dating the best option for finding love after a divorce?
Perhaps…but only if you do not mind some shallow emoticons, sexy photos and texts followed by a few life-threatening nasty side effects.
While there are many benefits to online dating, such as the massive dating pool and the convenience factor, expediency and instant gratification are not without huge risks.