Do you think risky behavior and a lack of proper medical attention caused that unfortunate case of syphilis?
Not so fast – a health official in England says it might have been Facebook.
A public health director recently told London’s The Telegraph that a rise in sexually transmitted diseases in his area could be linked to the fact that sites such as Facebook are popular there.
"Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex,” Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, said according to a Wednesday article in the paper.
The story, which appeared in numerous British tabloids, was met with smirks online. Social-networking site Mashable called the report “stretched at best.”
Blog TechCrunch called the story “dubious” in a post titled, “Calm down. Facebook doesn’t cause syphilis.”
Meanwhile, Facebook called the reports ludicrous.
“While it makes for interesting headlines, the assertions made in newspaper reports that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of STDs are ridiculous, exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation,” said Facebook spokesperson Andrew Noyes in a written statement.
“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our Web site is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and coworkers to connect and share.”
Posted by: Doug Gross -- CNN.com producerFiled under: Facebook Internet social-networking sites
That's like someone a hundred years ago stating that the telephone causes syphilis. Totally ridiculous.
Never ignore the difference between correlation and castration.
I thought Brittney Spears was the cause of syphillis?!?
no no no, telephones and facebook don't cause syphilis. it's the government's super secret radioactive waves that do it! wait while I don my tinfoil hat real quick....
No, that would be Lindsay Lohan.
and/or Lindays mother
That's silly! Everyone knows it is MY SPACE that causes Syphilis!!!
I can see how this would make sense, but if those people are going to sleep around, there are other ways of meeting people/staying in touch. You could say email causes it. Or the phone book.
sure it does...
LOL. syphillis from facebook? cmon now.. you call urself a health official?
dont blame random famous companies/blogs/online sources for people getting syphillis.
Nobody talks about UTube giving people AIDS
This is as ridiculous as the theories about video games being the cause of violence among kids/teens.
And I just thought it caused boredom and hate mail.
Genitals cause syphillis
facebook - the modern day toilet seat
@Kevin, clearly, we need to focus more on that:p
I cause syphilis.
There are republicans in England??
rofl at Paris
I thought penises caused syphilis
It only causes idiocy. I wish it caused syphilis. at least there's a cure for that.
I'm pretty sure that's a logical fallacy. Hm.
This is true. Facebook killed my parents. And gave me Chlamydia.
Wow! This guy sounds completely uneducated! how can facebook cause syphilis??
since facebook is causin syphilus yahoo wil then be causin gonnorhea
Facebook got me drunk one night, forced me to read banal status updates and never called me back.
And now it burns when I pee.
NO NO NO.....TRACTOR SEATS ARE THE CAUSE !
So does this mean that my computer has syphilus?
Actually I think it's the seats in rental cars.... :-D
yall some nasty people on here
THAT'S what that rash is!
See honey, it wasn't the countless women I slept with. It was your facebook use!
spirochetes & people passing them along are syphilis.......find the one that got it from the sheep!
It is actually Craigs List, not Facebook, that is causing the recent upsurge in STDs......
Is actually main cause of butt-spread.
a social networking disease, I'm sure it won't be the last.
If anything caused it, it was WoW
Will Mcaffee or Norton cure syphillis??
A pox on your keyboards
Yeah! As everyone knows, you get syphilis off of Craigslist....
syphilis is caused by obama and the liberal media...at least thats what i got from the last tea party rally i attended. haha
"March 25th, 2010 5:16 pm ET
NO NO NO.....TRACTOR SEATS ARE THE CAUSE !"
Actually tractors cause gonorrhea, not syphilis... ;-)
LOL - these people will say anything to get attention and feel important. It's ridiculous.
hmmm... I wonder if you can get pregnant too? =& lol
You all say what you want. But just last week I went to the doctor and discovered that I had syphilis...my only partner since my last check up? Facebook. Facts are facts for a reason people!
You sure can. Why, I have a sister who got pregnant by just listening to her voice mail......
I applaude this fine scholar for finally shedding light on this serious issue. The internets is sereeus biznus.
Absolutely ridiculous,,,lol to the max!
If I find out after being abstinent for 3 years Face Book and I find out I have any social disease! I'm going to sue you!
What a crock to blame face book! it's the people who just don't give a hoot who they sleep with! Never mind the dating sites, i'm sure their all very clean people! lol!
then what do you get from the google?
Republicans have invaded England!
No, really its MySpace that spreads syphllis. We may really start seeing a big drop in cases.
And I assume that Craigslist provides the cure for it.
I blame my STD on Jose Cuervo.One tequila.. Two Tequila..Three Teqila ..Wh*re!
And it was the air planes at Tuskegee that cause syphilis during that time.
And if you leave a pile of rags in a corner, it grows mouse babies...
They got it all wrong. Its Obama's health care plans thats causing syphilis? Don't believe?
Ask any Republican!!!!
That is the most retarded thing ever said. Where did the health official get his degree, from a a crackjack box?
No baby, i never cheated...it was facebook i swear....beat him up.
i can see where this dude is trying to come from, that people talking more to new people can possibly lead to more hooking up...but really....causing a rise in STDs....come on now.....ridiculoso mr. english health official.
Wow, this is probably one of the most entertaining comment section I've seen...lol good work all
sit on my facebook
Nonsense, everyone knows that facebook only causes herpes, and the occasional itchy rash in unlikely places. YouTube causes Syphillis, and Google causes Gonorrhea. You don't even wat to know what you can get from ebay!
I think that this is the first comment thread I've read in a long time that people are not trying to kill each over. Finally we all agree on something. WooHoo!
The story was funny. The comments were hysterical. Thanks y'all.
And I think it's important that we create some literature to alert social media users to the dangers of social media diseases. We need to get the word out to impressionable middle schoolers through useful brochures, like "What You Need to Know About Digitally Transmitted Diseases." Facebook-born syphilis is an important public health issue for today's youth!
Bauz and Wienaz
And world of war crat causes blue balls.
LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!! *dies* omg best stuff ever. This made my day and the comments OMG. XDDD
I blame HAARP.
And Haiti is a super power ,get realll,lol
and yahoo causes breast cancer and google causes the flu
good mix of wild insinuation,
untamed idiocy &mental fatigue.still ....never say never!
chatroulette causes HIV/AIDS then!
Syphillis was a Roman senator, right??
Yes! Finally everyone knows Facebook causes STDs!
And don't vaccinate your babies people! It causes SIDS, retardation and behavioral problems!
And don't be a doner on your driver license because the EMTS won't save you!
I always get the "clap" (clap! clap! clap! Get it? LOL) whenever I comment on here.............from the other posters who like my comments! (Well, not always!)
I think the point is being missed here. I doubt anyone with half a thought, let alone a doctor with years of medical training would assert that Facebook directly causes Syphilis. I believe that he means that social networking sites such as Facebook indirectly are enabling youths to more easily link up. No matter what Facebook asserts; Who hasn't used Facebook to link up?
I know that Addison, we all do but the whole thing is so ridiculous, Bars, cafes, restaurants, concerts, clubs, anything social are used for potential hook ups too. It's human nature not facebook, if anything causing v.ds
Is he kidding?? People are responsible for their own behavior and on top of that, FB is not a dating site. And people are responsible for themselves!
facebook made me pregnant n am a guy!! My space causes Syphilis!
People meet each other in a bazillion differant ways. How you meet makes no differeance. Its what you do afterward that matters.
That's so stupid. If that's the case ALL communication devices cause syphilis.
...... there was this one time when I was at band camp ....
This is Obama's fault.
No no no no! It was Joe the Plumber!
[...] Facebook can give you syphilis. Yes, sadly this is a true, weird story. Or a lame-assed grab at some headlines on a slow news day. [...]
Anyone who used facebook in the beginning (see thefacebook.com) knows that this was the original use. It was only open to college students and thats what it was used for, to meet new people and get laid. Then they let in high schoolers... then everyone... people started making pet profiles and such nonsense. This is not news.
Stop licking and kissing your screen
CNN actually is the cause!!!!
white people are the cause of syphilis, and pretty much all of the worlds problems in last 100years
Gives whole new meaning to computer virus! What is next? Herpes from Spam emails?
The myth of syphilis: if you push your Facebook page uphill, it will always roll back down and land on your toilet seat.
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latest cyber investigation via the live stage
it is FACEBOOK PUBERTY
SAN FRANCISCO & LA have seen it
now MANHATTAN is in rehearsal
and LONDON WANTS IT!
I got herpes from FarmVille!
Facebook gets you laid. Period.
The syphilis risk is just the same for all encounters, you just get more of the action.
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