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Facebook, Security and Syphilis

Posted by feww on March 27, 2010

Facebook Linked to Syphilis Increase

Devastating social disease surging through social networking sites


‘Connect and Share.’ Facebook Homepage (partial image). Image [and the one-liner] may be subject to copyright.

Facebook is linked to a resurgence in syphilis, a potentially deadly sexually-transmitted disease, health experts say.

Cases of syphilis have increased fourfold in 3 areas of Britain where Facebook is most popular: Sunderland, Durham and Teesside.

Professor Peter Kelly, director of public health in Teesside, asserted that his staff had found a link between social networking sites like Facebook and the spread of the syphilis bacteria, especially among young females.

Vaginal syphilis (disturbing image). Mature readers may click to enlarge image.


This patient presented with a case of secondary syphilis manifested as perinal wart-like growths. This patient with secondary syphilis manifested perineal condylomata lata lesions, which presented as gray, raised papules that sometimes appear on the vulva or near the anus, or in any other warm intertriginous region. Source CDC. See also CDC Syphilis Fact Sheet

Professor Peter Kelly said:

“Syphilis is a devastating disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex with casual partners is at high risk.

“There has been a fourfold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected with more young women being affected.

“I don’t get the names of people affected, just figures, and I saw that several of the people had met sexual partners through these sites.

“Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex.”

Some 30 cases of syphilis were recorded In Teesside last year,  however the true figures are thought to be much higher.

Young people in the three areas of Durham, Sunderland and Teesside were 25 per cent more likely to join social networking sites than the same age group in other parts of Britain, research shows.

Facebook said: “The assertion that Facebook is responsible for the transmission of syphilis is ridiculous. Facebook is no more responsible for STD transmission than newspapers responsible for bad vision. Today’s reports exaggerate the comments made by the professor, and ignore the difference between correlation and causation.

“As Facebook’s more than 400 million users know, our website is not a place to meet people for casual sex – it’s a place for friends, family and co-workers to connect and share.”

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the spirochetal bacterium Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum. Syphilis is transmitted almost always through sexual contact, a few cases of congenital syphilis via transmission from mother to child in utero have been recorded.

While syphilis is generally treatable with antibiotics, it can damage the aorta, bones, brain, eyes and heart, sometime fatally, if  left untreated.

Syphilis Bacteria: Treponema pallidum spirochetes


Histopathology showing Treponema pallidum spirochetes. Modified Steiner silver stain. Histopathology showing Treponema pallidum spirochetes in testis of experimentally infected rabbit. Modified Steiner silver stain. Syphilis. Content Providers(s): CDC/Dr. Edwin P. Ewing, Jr.


A 23-year-old homosexual man had an intensely pruritic, papulonodular eruption over his arms and back. Dermatologic manifestations are the hallmark of secondary syphilis. Copper-red papules are most common, but macular, pustular, acneiform, psoriasiform, nodular, annular, or follicular variants can appear. The lesions characteristically do not itch, but as shown in the first patient, pruritus can be the dominant clinical feature.  Photo: Herbert L. Fred, MD, Hendrik A. van Dijk. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share

The Issue with Facebook is the risk to health and safety of your community. Google, on the other hand, is a major threat to the national security.

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Facebook Generation: The most materialistic generation ever

Posted by feww on March 25, 2010

Do today’s adolescents really stand a chance?

Bombarded by disinformation, advertising and ‘logo lust,’ where should we expect the ‘Facebook Generation’ to land?

A University of Arizona marketing researcher believes that supportive parents have a role to play because they can reduce materialism in teens.

Counteracting teens’ logo lust

University of Arizona marketing researcher Lan Nguyen Chaplin finds that supportive parents can reduce materialism in teens

Today’s adolescents have been characterized as the most materialistic generation in history: a brand-oriented and consumer-involved group who derive self-worth from owning luxury handbags and the latest technology devices.

Many blame parents and peers for the increased level of teen materialism. In fact, research suggests that parents and peers act as role models of behavior and therefore, highly materialistic parents and peers are likely to encourage materialism in teenagers.

A new paper from University of Arizona assistant marketing professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin of the Eller College of Management assesses the issue through a different lens.

“Instead of just looking at how parents and peers encourage materialism in teenagers, we also examine how they decrease materialism. We view parents and peers as important sources of emotional support and psychological well-being, which ultimately affects teenagers’ level of materialism” said Chaplin. “We find that supportive parents and peers boost adolescents’ self-esteem, which decreases their need to embrace material goods as a way to develop positive self-perceptions.”

Along with co-author Deborah Roedder John of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, Chaplin studied 12- to 18-year-olds and found that it is possible for parents to reduce their adolescents’ drive for material goods. The resulting paper, “Interpersonal Influences on Adolescent Materialism: A New Look at the Role of Parents and Peers,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

The authors found that teenagers who have supportive and accepting parents and peers in their lives are less materialistic. Parents and peers can provide the support and acceptance that teens crave, which reduces their need to focus on expensive material goods as a substitute for self-worth.

“Parents and peers play a very important role in teenagers’ lives. They provide the much needed emotional support and contribute greatly to teenagers’ feelings of self-worth,” said Chaplin. “When teens feel better about themselves, they are less likely to feel the need to use material possessions to boost their self-esteem and achieve happiness.”

University of Arizona: Public information
Contact: Liz Warren-Pederson
warrenl@eller.arizona.edu
University of Arizona

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