Among homosexual couples, digital match-making has skyrocketed.
As far as networks go, this is like building new highways between towns, rather than taking the local backroads.
The report adds that the number of HIV diagnoses has ‘remained stable’ over the past five years but that syphilis saw a jump of 107%.
Females represented the biggest leap in the number of new syphilis cases, with the study reporting a whopping 157% increase. The report says the ‘vast majority’ of chlamydia infections in young people ‘remain undiagnosed and untreated, highlighting the need for testing to be routinely offered to sexually active adolescents and young adults’.
15 percent of Americans admit to having used online dating, and 5 percent of those who are married or committed long-term relationships stating they met their spouse online.
Not only has digital technology made dating easier for romantic hopefuls, the data collected by such sites has been a boon for researchers curious about human mating habits.
‘So we’re getting some new dynamics happening with some people having between one and up to 10 partners a day.
It's nice to have some evidence that the relationships we make online are also breaking down boundaries and making for stronger connections.
According to the Kirby Institute, a medical research organisation affiliated with the University of New South Wales, there were 23,887 new diagnoses in 2016.
The highest rates were in males aged 25-29 and 20-24 while it is most prevalent in women aged 20-24 and 15-19, the report adds.
Society can be modelled as a web of interlinked nodes, where individuals are the node and the link describes how well they know one another.
Most people are tightly connected with about a hundred nodes, including close friends and family, and loosely connected with others.
While there are almost certainly a variety of influences, the network changes resulting from online dating fits the observations perfectly.