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.
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.
According to the Daily Mail Reporter (2011), Peter Greenhouse of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV stated that an STD could be contracted in minutes with the availability of apps such as Tinder or Grindr.
By simply swiping on these apps to accept the conversation of another, two people could quickly get together for a casual affair.
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.
Nazarian (2014) reported on the rise in STDs in southern California that was being associated with the use of social media.
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).
The California Department of Health statistics showed a 13% increase in gonorrhea rates and an 18% increase in syphilis rates from 2012 to 2013.
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).