Modes of Transmission: Facebook and Syphilis

I like playing around with Twitter, and I’ve had a blog of one sort or another for about a decade.  I’m active on Flickr and RedBubble and Mahalo and a couple of other places.  But I have never been on Facebook.  Some years ago, my daughter sent me  a message via Facebook and I was obliged to join in order to get the message, but that’s the only time I was ever there.   Now there is probably some empty page or wall or whatever with my name on it, and every once in a while someone sends me an invitation to be their friend — and I ignore every one of them.

My reluctance has everything to do with my distrust of Mark Zuckerberg and his crowd.  I have no memory of what started that distrust, but it hasn’t improved over the years.  Now, the Daily Telegraph has added another reason — apparently, Facebook is “linked to the rise of syphilis.”!

“Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. 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 saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites,” reported Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, England.

I have no idea if the Professor is right — and the comments to the Telegraph article make it clear how daft it all might be — however it is fun to speculate.  I wonder if someone could drum up the grant for a comparative STD study between, say, Facebook,, and the adult section of Craigslist.


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