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Using the internet for sex and sexual health
Adolescents and young adults in high-income countries who are currently around the age of sexual debut are unlikely to have experienced life without the internet. They will have lived most of their childhood in the era of smartphone software (‘apps’) designed to use online information for social networking. A recent paper in Sexually Transmitted Infections highlighted the ubiquity of Facebook use among men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 18–25 and importantly that around half were using websites and apps designed for sexual networking between MSM.1 They were not using the sites and apps only for sex; other prominent reasons for their use included dating and just ‘killing time’. Of the many recent articles reporting research on sexual health and the internet, one that caught the eye of Clinical round-up was an analysis of data from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal).2 The survey asked whether younger male …
Contributors Both authors contributed to the writing of this article. On this occasion, LJH was the lead author and SH provided comments and amendments.
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