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Thus the resulting ‘search volume index’ for Arizona for ‘Zoosk’ in 2013 would be 100. According to Rudder (2014), Google Trends search indexes have been used by many professionals and scientists to track items such as stock prices, economic activity, and the spread of disease.
Once a disease starts to spread, people engage in Google searches for symptoms and cures.
While social networking sites make it easier for individuals to be exposed to an STD since in-network individuals may share an STD, many sites either attract individuals who are not interested in a short-term sexual relationship or who take precautions to avoid contracting an STD.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States in 2015 than ever before (Howard 2016).
They found the following: The above statistics show that people are now using social networking sites, dating sites, and dating apps to expand their opportunities and chances of meeting someone.
Widman and Mc Nulty (2011) stated that narcissism and infidelity associated with narcissism could lead to a greater risk of contracting an STD.
The Department of Health attributed these increases in part, to the increased use of social media and the casual encounters they engendered.
Whitman (2015) also stated that outbreaks of syphilis in New Zealand in 2012 and syphilis and gonorrhea in the United Kingdom were thought to be related to the app ‘Grindr’ and other similar apps.
These studies have introduced the idea of social networking sites having an impact on STDs, but there is still a significant gap in the literature. The results will be useful to state health officials who are trying to inform and educate the public about the causes, consequences, and means of avoiding STDs. (2014) stated that social networking sites could lead to more or less empathy in individuals using those sites.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the leading social networking sites, including online dating sites and dating apps such as Tinder, Zoosk, Bumble, Hinge, and many others, that have become popular in recent years and to see if they are associated with STDs in different U. Social networking allows individuals to be exposed to others who they would not otherwise meet.