Apps like Grinder and Jack’d are gay apps that allow hookups to be easier. I will be focusing on the app called Jack’d throughout my post. I hope to show the connection between the increase in STI rates and how these apps aid in that increase. According to a news report by CNN syphilis grew by 79%, HIV infections grew by 33%, and gonorrhea also has increased by 30%. Rhode Island Department of Health has put the blame on these types of apps.
JAck’d is a app that allows you to connect with other gay guys for hookups. The app also allows individuals to make friends and build connections. Jack’d shows you how far or close you are to each other as well. With this app you also have to create a profile where people can read about you and see pictures.Rhode Islands Department of Health has also said that gay men dating through these apps are at higher risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea. A quote by Whitney Engeran saying that “Mobile dating apps are rapidly altering the sexual landscape by making casual sex as easily available as ordering a pizza.” I believe that with sex being so easily accessible it makes it easier to contract a STI. Even though the profiles are created to allow people to learn about their interest, not all users are honest. This causes people to trust people on these apps and have unprotected sex and contract these STI’s.