Are you a fan of online dating apps? If yes, you might want to rethink what you might end up with after meeting someone from Tinder, Match, OkCupid or any other app. Will they bring you your soulmate or a trip to the doctor? According to statistics, some states are more dangerous for online dating than others.
Despite the fact that you might meet people who are more interested in your wallet than anything else, you may also encounter people on dating apps who are more harmless – or are they? On these apps, many people lie about themselves. They present “alternative facts” regarding their height, weight, or many other things.
However, quite a big number of people are probably lying regarding facts that are a little more difficult to verify on a first date. They might not want to disclose their real personality, dating history, job, or, what is more important, if they are healthy or not.
Data gathered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the STD rates are increasing. Many people blamed online dating for getting such diseases, since they ended up hooking up with people without knowing details about them first.
This does not sound like the most sensible thing to do but, for your help, backgroundchecks.org have gathered CDC data on gonorrhea and chlamydia and put up the list of the most “sexually diseased” states. The state with most cases of gonorrhea is Louisiana (221.1 cases per 100,000 people). The leading state regarding chlamydia is Alaska (768.3 cases per 100,000 people).
The state with the lowest disease score is New Hampshire. The data does not necessarily show that the risk of STDs comes from online dating, but rather that these states struggle with high rates of such diseases.
If you are interested on how safe are certain states in general when it comes to online dating, highspeedinternet.com and Safewise have combined data on STDs with cybercrime and violent crime rates collected from FBI and have drawn up a more comprehensive list.
The ranked Vermont as the safest state for online dating, followed by Maine, New Hampshire, and Utah. On the top position of the most dangerous states, they placed Washington DC, which was not treated as a state in the previous studies. After it, there are Alaska, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
These statistics are not scientific studies and do not reflect the exact situation in the states. That is, if you live in Washington DC, it doesn’t mean that you are bound to have an unlucky date. However, they are meant to guide and remind you that online dating may be dangerous.
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