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Are you the one who frequently uses smartphone dating apps to find a sexual partner? If it’s true, than the news is for you.
A study has found that using smartphone dating apps to find a sexual partner carry a higher risk of getting common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than meeting online or in bars and clubs. Serious matter, Isn’t.
Smartphone apps such as Grindr, Scruff and Recon have become an increasingly popular way to hook up with potential sexual partners since 2009.
During the study, the researchers wanted to find out if such use has altered behaviours and infection risk.
For this purpose, they collected data on HIV negative gay and bi-curious men between 2011 and 2013. Of all the 7184 men were tested for sexually-transmitted infections, nearly 36 percent used only smartphone apps to find a sexual partner. They were 23 percent more likely to be infected with gonorrhoea and 35 percent more likely to be infected with chlamydia, the study noted.
The researchers allowed registered users to use their smartphone’s GPS (global positioning system) to locate and network with other users in the vicinity.
The smartphone apps make it easier to meet potential partners more quickly than online or more traditional methods.
Researchers said, the apps boosts the chances of anonymous riskier encounters and getting a sexually transmitted infection.
Grindr, which was one of the first such apps, had 2.5 million new users in 2012. In 2013, it had six million users in 192 countries worldwide.