Mar 25th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
Officials in England have found a link between heightened syphilis rates and areas in which Facebook is extremely popular.
According to Peter Kelly, the director of public health in Teeside, England, syphilis has increased four-fold in three regions in Great Britain, including Teeside
. Interestingly, young people in those three areas are 25 percent more likely to log onto Facebook
compared with young people in less syphilis-infected areas.
"Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex
," Kelly claims.
In response to Kelly's findings, a Facebook spokesman was dismissive, calling them "ridiculous."
We are leaning toward Facebook on this one.
Nevertheless, if you are considering defriending those who make too many annoying status updates, you might also think about axing anyone who could one day give you a sexually transmitted disease