OMG! TMI—QR codes on condoms let users check in
Yes, we're glad you're having safe sex, people, but do we really need to know when and where you're 'doing it'?
Well, this is certainly a new use of QR codes. During National Condom Week (Feb. 14 to Feb. 21), Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW)
handed out 55,000 condoms at western Washington colleges and universities, says an ABC News article.
The condom wrappers include a sticker with a QR code, so the lucky couples can use a smartphone to check in to wheredidyouwearit.com.
says the program provides a visual representation of safe sex.
"Wheredidyouwearit.com is like Foursquare for people who don't want a sexually transmitted infection," PPGNW says.
Condom wearers anonymously note some specifics of their encounter, and check-ins show up on this interactive map. Here are few:
A 20 something guy and a girl whose relationship is just for fun and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom in the kitchen to
prevent an unplanned pregnancy. It was ah-maz-ing - rainbows exploded and mountains trembled.
A 30 something guy and a girl whose relationship is all about love and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom at a party
because no one wants an STD. It was great- can't wait for round 2.
A 20 something guy and a girl whose relationship is just for fun and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom in a plane, train,
or automobile to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. It was great- can't wait for round 2.
The ABC.com article says the map shows check-ins "from coast to coast and [on] six continents."
"This isn't about bragging. It's not about digital notches in your bedpost," says Nathan Engebretson, new media coordinator at PPGNW. "Even if people
have no desire to check in, they're still getting the sense of how many people like them use condoms."
What do you think? Is this a good move to promote safe sex or TMI?
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