Facebook is being blamed by a professor in the United Kingdom for facilitating the increase in a sexually transmitted disease, the New York Daily News reports, referring to an article in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph.
Says the Daily News: "The incidence of syphilis has quadrupled in the areas of Great Britain where the social networking site is most popular, reports the Daily Telegraph, causing some experts to wonder whether it’s paved the way for casual hookups."
Prof. Peter Kelly, director of pubic health in Teesside, told the Daily Telegraph, “Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected."
According to a second article in the Daily Telegraph, Facebook has responded by saying the connecting of Facebook to a rise in STD was "ridiculous."
According to the Telegraph, "the network issued a statement saying that ‘Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers are responsible for bad vision.’
Furthermore, according to the Telegraph, a Facebook spokesman said that “Today’s reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.”