Social Media Harm Lawsuits
Social media addiction and its negative impact on children and young adults during their brain development is an increasing concern. In recent years, multiple lawsuits have addressed the issues of social media addiction and the predatory tactics used by Meta, the owners of Facebook and Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other massive social media companies.
These companies, their platforms, and apps may have contributed to an increased risk of teen suicide and other harmful behaviors in minor-aged children. These entities have made billions of dollars through their aggressive tactics, and it might seem daunting to challenge them. But, by holding these companies accountable for their dangerous practices, we could force them to change their platforms and compensate for wrongful deaths and other harms related to the use of social media by teens and children.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are here to stand up with you and fight for your child’s rights. Contact us by phone or online today for a 100% free and confidential consultation to discuss your situation and legal options.
Social Media and Mental Health
While social media platforms claim to connect us, it is becoming apparent that they can harm our mental health and our real-world relationships. Studies have shown that viewing social media content can lead to envy, depression, and anxiety, gradually eroding the user’s psychological well-being. For these reasons, it is crucial that parents understand the impact of social media use on their child’s mental health.
Body Image Issues and Social Media
Constant exposure to unrealistic beauty standards on social media platforms can lead to lower self-esteem and body dissatisfaction in young people. This can sometimes result in harmful behaviors such as eating disorders.
Loneliness and Suicide
Studies have revealed a connection between “social media disorder” and feelings of loneliness, with women being more likely to experience these feelings than men. These feelings of loneliness or disconnection could, in extreme cases, lead the user to thoughts of self-harm and suicide.
Seven Clear Signs of Social Media Addiction for Parents to Look Out For
Social media addiction could be harmful to your child or young adult’s health. We’ve compiled a list of seven clear signs that might indicate your child is struggling with an unhealthy attachment to social media, and if you are aware of these signs, you can take appropriate steps to address the issue and ensure your child maintains a healthy balance in their digital and real-life experiences.
- Anxiety and distress when unable to access social media – If your child becomes anxious or upset when they cannot use social media for a while, it may indicate dependency and a craving for this addictive habit.
- Excessive time spent on social media – Does your child’s time on social media interfere with their daily activities or schoolwork?
- Reacting to every notification – Does your child feel compelled to check their phone every time they hear a notification?
- Obsession with ‘likes’ – If your child is constantly checking for the number of ‘likes’ on their posts, the instant gratification may act as an addictive stimulus, releasing dopamine in their brain.
- Social media as a daily routine – If using social media is the first and last thing your child does daily, it may be a cause for concern.
- Prioritizing social media over real-life experiences – Does your child focus more on capturing moments for social media posts rather than enjoying the experience?
- Family concerns – Do other members of your family feel your child has become distant due to social media use? If so, it might be time for a social media addiction assessment.
Understanding the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale
The Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale (BSMAS) is a psychological tool used to identify difficulties an individual faces due to excessive social media use and assess the severity of their addiction. It is a short, six-item scale, with responses ranging from “very rarely” to “very often.” The total score of the BSMAS ranges from six to 30.
Researchers suggest that scoring more than a three on at least four of the six items may indicate social media addiction.
Filing a Social Media Lawsuit for Addiction
The dangers of social media addiction and its adverse effects on children and young adults are becoming increasingly evident. As a parent, it’s essential to be informed about these issues, protect your child, and act if necessary. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we are here to help hold these companies accountable when their practices exploit and harm children and young adults.
When you work with our social media addiction lawyers, we’ll handle every step of the legal process on your behalf so you can focus on what matters most – your family’s health and well-being. And by filing a lawsuit, you not only help your child but also contribute to the fight for change in the social media landscape. Call us or contact us online for a 100% free and confidential case evaluation. We’ll listen to your story and help you understand your rights and legal options.