Your place or mine?
Interesting news stories came out of American media in the past few days which played with the idea that social media and networking are the cause of more people getting into bed or relationships.  Reuters article said “Social networking leads to faster sex?” and ABC News said “Facebook as Foreplay? Survey Says Social Media Leads to Faster Sex”.They are referring to results taken from a survey by Men’s Fitness Magazine that showed 80 percent of women say relationships lead to sex more quickly because it’s so easy to stay connected and Fifty-eight percent of the men surveyed said flirting over Facebook, texts and Gchat helps them get women into the sack sooner.

This potentially creates solutions for countries that are either suffering from under-population or over-population. Population control is a very real issue that has pervasive economic and social implications for a country. Think about it, if China wanted to use another form of population control besides the one child policy, would deterring people from using social networking also work? It’s a farfetched idea in theory but somehow it could work. Conversely countries such as Singapore and Japan that rely on a strong talent pool of people for its economic success are suffering from population decline due to lower fertility rates and longer life spans. Could social networking that facilitates more relationships and sex actually be a powerful tool for population control?

Imagine it that! More social networking = more relationships = more sex = more babies = more population = higher GDP. Is this a possible Nobel prize winning theory?

Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.

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