The three most commonly reported STDs are syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.Rhode Island recently experienced a surge in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV increasing by 79%, 30%, and 33%, respectively, from 2013 to 2014 (Whitman 2015).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.Furthermore, dating sites and apps are constantly being developed to target a specific market.
There are health officials who believe that social networking sites like Facebook make it easier for individuals to meet, get to know each other, and have casual sex leading to STDs, while others believe that social media is not responsible for the increase in STDs (Berr 2010).All state percentages are then normalized to Arizona’s percentage.This is accomplished by dividing each state’s percentage by 16 percent and multiplying by 100.Some cater to more mature individuals, some to professionals, some to the more religious, and some to higher income groups.Some dating sites require their clients to fill out comprehensive surveys and questionnaires to ensure the best possible matches.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.Rhode Island, New Zealand, and southern California recently reported sharp increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). states that have more users of social networking sites, dating sites, and dating apps like Match.com, Ashley Madison, Our Time, Down Dating, Bumble, Zoosk, Hinge, Score, At First Sight, Plenty of Fish, Eharmony, Adult Friend Finder, Tinder, Grindr, and Facebook have more cases of STDs after controlling for population, race, age, income, education, and population density.Health department officials stated that these increases appeared to be due to the more widespread use of social media like Tinder, Grindr, and Facebook, which allow users to readily connect with and meet others. It was found that states with more users of Match.com, OKCupid, and Down Dating had a larger number of cases of STDs, while states with more users of Our Time, Ashley Madison, Facebook, How About We, Hinge, Adult Friend Finder, Grindr, Bumble, Score, Tinder, and At First Sight had fewer cases of STDs.Traditional research methods would suggest survey data be used to obtain user data, but that is costly and requires the targeting of respondents.Recent literature has turned to search engine methods data for gathering unreported items such as food safety in China, which was studied by Chen et al. Google Trends does report a ‘search volume index’ by state and by year for the number of searches for a particular term like ‘Zoosk.’ The search volume index ranges from 0 to 100, so a state with an index of 75 would have a number of Google searches for Zoosk as a percent of total Google searches equal to 75% of the number of searches from a state with an index of 100, relative to that state’s total Google searches.