Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. It’s all about the sex, isn’t it? Pick up most magazines and newspapers and you’ll find a reference within the first three pages. And some titles seem to be founded on it (yes, Country Home, I’ve got your number…).
Sex is even being linked to social media now too. Another big story this week was The Sun’s piece stating that “sex diseases soar due to Facebook romps”. This totally ridiculous story was based on the fact that STIs have apparently been on the increase in the North East, and that the North East is a hotspot for social media activity. Spurious link? Ever so slightly, especially when further interrogation reveals that the data isn’t even statistically significant. An NHS public health official had said: “Unprotected sex, especially with casual partners, is the biggest risk for syphilis…Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex”. The Sun, in a very Sun way, jumped on this, sensationalised it and bingo – shocking headline! The Media Blog gave this story the respect it deserved (ie none) when it called it “abhorrent”.