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Condom Tracking: Productive or Pointless?

News 2012/03/02 14:00:00
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If you've ever wanted to know where other people are having sex, your day has arrived. Planned Parenthood celebrated National Condom Week (the same week as Valentine's Day) by releasing 55,000 condoms with QR codes at colleges in Washington state, requesting that users scan the packages with their smartphones when they use the condoms.

The result is a "safe sex map," with pin points at each location where one of the condom packages was scanned. The pinpoints are, of course, anonymous, but users are able to attach comments to their pinpoint describing how the encounter went -- "rainbows exploded and mountains trembled." Anyone can view the map and comments at Where Did You Wear It, though we understand that not everyone would want to. (You know you want to.) The purpose is basically to promote safe sex, but the awkward safe sex map is a plus. Do you think this new condom-tracking feature is productive in promoting safe sex -- or is it kind of pointless?


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  • Tasine 2012/03/02 16:11:28
    Pointless
    Tasine
    +17
    We don't need to track condoms! We need to track gun runners within our own government.

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  • USAISME 2012/03/02 19:46:35
    Pointless
    USAISME
    +4
    At least it's not "reproductive". LOL
  • ...Kat... USAISME 2012/03/02 19:51:00
    ...Kat...
    +2
    Sooo corny, yet hilarious xD
  • wicked soda boy 2012/03/02 19:41:49
    Pointless
    wicked soda boy
    Pointless, as well as polluting.
  • Big Dave 2012/03/02 19:25:04
    Pointless
    Big Dave
    +2
    Gross to much information, of course they are using condoms they gave them out at colleges ,do you really need to track that ???
  • sunniday Big Dave 2012/03/03 05:29:36
    sunniday
    +1
    You would think welfare office.
  • kcandi 2012/03/02 19:23:48
    Pointless
    kcandi
    +2
    But kinda funny!
  • seasmoke70 2012/03/02 19:18:10
    Pointless
    seasmoke70
    +2
    ...freaks...
    freaks
  • sally 2012/03/02 19:16:13
    Pointless
    sally
    +3
    there's still the possibility that it'll break.
  • Murph 2012/03/02 19:15:30
    Pointless
    Murph
    +6
    Pointless, intrusive, insulting, and more than a little bit scary, in a George Orwell kind of way.
  • 2468 Murph 2012/03/02 19:56:11
    2468
    Imagine a temperature sensitive RFID in the condom so that Big Brother can track in real time where, when and who is having sex.

    Santorum would find this a great tool in battling people that don't live and act as he would legislate.
  • sunniday 2468 2012/03/03 05:31:04
    sunniday
    +1
    Do you think it has a tracking devise?
  • 2468 sunniday 2012/03/03 15:39:41
    2468
    It doesn't but they technology makes it a possibility now.

    There are RFID chips in paper money now. Look for the strip. Supposedly, if you have a large amount of cash in your house they can send a signal and note the amount of returned signal and that will let them know if you have millions in shoe boxes in your house.

    I don't know if this is true or urban legend.
  • Jose He... Murph 2012/03/02 20:18:56
    Jose Hernandez
    +1
    You said it! Hope the world realizes it before its too late...
  • JYCOO1 2012/03/02 19:12:24
    Pointless
    JYCOO1
    +2
    utterly ridiculous
  • Ozzyboy 2012/03/02 19:09:27
    Pointless
    Ozzyboy
    +3
    People would just skip the protection if they knew they were being tracked on having sex.
    Knowing you're being tracked would be one way to ruin the mood and control population.
  • wpsark 2012/03/02 19:02:19
    Pointless
    wpsark
    +2
    crass and absurd.
  • caitlin 2012/03/02 19:00:09
    Productive
    caitlin
    +4
    Makes me want to buy condoms and map all over Haha jk but I think they have a good idea here.
  • Oaces_b... caitlin 2012/03/02 19:20:00
  • Fef 2012/03/02 18:52:27
    Pointless
    Fef
    +2
    people will use condoms where people live... #duh
  • S123 2012/03/02 18:48:46
    Pointless
    S123
    +2
    I don't think it would necessarily be that effective for promoting safe sex.
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/03/02 18:38:25
    Pointless
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +3
    Good old progressives for ya. Next they will imbed a chip in so they can have a good time with ya.
  • Centuri... Hula gi... 2012/03/04 07:20:52
    Centurion~PWCM~JLA
    Careful now Hula girl, we don't want to give the perverts any ideas!
  • Hula gi... Centuri... 2012/03/04 08:58:20
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    I'm sure they already have when the sit around playing with themselves and no one will join in their fun.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/03/02 18:31:14 (edited)
    Productive
    Inquisitve Kat
    People will latch onto the idea, I think... smart idea, and a nice 'tip' to condom-usage in general. ;-)
  • Mtnsmith 2012/03/02 18:21:01
    Pointless
    Mtnsmith
    +2
    Pointless and tacky, tacky, tacky.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/03/02 18:18:48
    Pointless
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    Loons on the loose at PP
  • Laura 2012/03/02 17:59:14 (edited)
    Pointless
    Laura
    +1
    All I gotta say is....... HUH?
  • scubagal 2012/03/02 17:52:52
    Pointless
    scubagal
    +2
    Good grief.
  • lee 2012/03/02 17:50:52
    Productive
    lee
    +3
    for marketing and data tracking...

    why do ppl willingly give up this information?

    I stand gobbsmacked.
  • S123 lee 2012/03/02 18:51:34
    S123
    +1
    Why do you think it's for marketing and data tracking?
  • lee S123 2012/03/02 18:58:04
    lee
    +2
    trust me, someone is already using it... data = $$$
  • S123 lee 2012/03/02 20:38:12
    S123
    I guess it does seem likely that they would sell the info to the condom companies.
  • Tigger Too 2012/03/02 17:50:10
    Pointless
    Tigger Too
    +1
    While I laud Planned Parenthood's celebration of National Condom Week by releasing 55,000 condoms, I think tracking their use via QR codes is pretty pointless. I mean, the codes on the packages can be scanned, but the users are anonymous, so other than promoting safe sex, the tracking is rendered useless. Besides, the only thing that really counts is making sure that one's CURRENT sexual partner is using protection and/or is disease-free. And really, if I want to read about people's bodacious hookups, I'm pretty sure that Penthouse Forum would be more exciting. (Although I do dispute the claims of countless pizza delivery drivers who are met at the door by a bevy of buxom and horny sorority girls!) I'm not a big fan of having ANYBODY keep track of my sex life. I realize that Planned Parenthood's intentions are good in promoting safe sex, but lest we forget, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions!
  • lee Tigger Too 2012/03/02 17:54:16 (edited)
    lee
    +2
    how anonymous can they be if the scan and the phone are connected to a person.

    i have serious doubts about the integrity of any marketing firm to secure personal data.

    the next story you here will be about how some prominent politician scanned one of these when he was supposed to be home with his wife.

    and what about the privacy of those who live at or near the places on the map?

    how are they supposed to deal with rubber neckers (pun intended) driving by to see "where it happened"...

    this is NOT a good idea.
  • Tigger Too lee 2012/03/02 18:47:21
    Tigger Too
    +2
    I believe I already SAID that tracking condom use is pointless and rather an invasion of one's privacy, in so many words. If people are concerned about protecting their privacy, it's not like they are REQUIRED by Planned Parenthood to scan the QR codes on their condom wrappers or make bawdy comments on the map pinpoints about their sexual encounters. (Which, IMO, is extremely crass.) Also, the map doesn't provide the exact address of the person who is weighing in on this project. As I said, I support Planned Parenthood's efforts to promote safe sex, but I think this is a rather useless, even bad, way to go about it. Just put PRACTICE SAFE SEX on the condom package and call it a day. And if a prominent politician is asinine enough to actually scan a QR code from a condom wrapper into his smartphone before banging a woman (or a man!) who isn't his wife, then IMO, he doesn't deserve to be holding a public office in the first place. As for marketing ploys used for gathering personal information about users and customers, I concur. Sadly, the invasion of our privacy continues to get worse, since websites like Facebook and Google have changed their policies, and will use and disseminate your data to others, unless you jump through hoops to secure your account. Thanks for your comments, and have a great day!
  • lee Tigger Too 2012/03/02 18:57:32
    lee
    +1
    so why are we arguing?
  • Tigger Too lee 2012/03/02 20:01:27
    Tigger Too
    Call me clueless, but I didn't know we WERE arguing! I thought we were engaged in a simple give-and-take of thoughts and opinions, and really, we seem to be on the same page about electronically tracking people's sexcapades via QR codes on condom packages. BTW, nice use of the pun "rubber-necking!" [haha]
  • S123 lee 2012/03/02 18:56:16
    S123
    +1
    Why do you think the campaign is from a marketing company?
  • lee S123 2012/03/02 19:14:14
    lee
    who collected and posted the data? pp?

    no, they hired somebody.
  • S123 lee 2012/03/02 20:39:38
    S123
    I guess they probably would have.

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