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Social Media Addiction Linked to Higher Risk of Psychological Injury to Children & Teens. Major Compensation May Be Available for Victims and their Families.

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Social Media Addiction Linked to Higher Risk of Self-Harm, Attempted Suicide, and Death

Advocate Law Attorneys Currently Reviewing Social Media Lawsuits

          Why are social media companies being sued? By their very nature, social media platforms are designed to be addictive. (It's simple: The more often you use them, the more ads you see; the more ads you see and click on, the more money they make). For most adults, being addicted to Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok is a harmless “very cool” diversion. Yet, for many teenagers, this addiction is very dangerous and, in far too many cases … deadly.

           Many scientific research studies (some of which are linked below for your review) published by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that "greater time spent on online social networking promotes self-harm behavior and suicidal ideation in vulnerable adolescents." The social media companies were aware of the psychological harm their content was causing, especially to those under the age of 18.

            Despite many complaints by parents and scientific studies over the years, social media companies have continued to promote them as safe.


          Your family may be entitled to major compensation for your suffering, medical costs, lost wages, and more if you or your child:

Started using one or more of the following social media platforms before age16

 Facebook

Instagram

TikTok

Snapchat

Used these platforms for several hours each day and suffered one or more 

injuries/conditions as a result

Eating Disorders 

Anorexia

Binge-eating

Bulimia

Purging

Body dysmorphia

Self-harm / Attempted Self-harm

Suicide / Attempted Suicide    

Are you and your family eligible for compensation? Your Free Case Evaluation is only a phone call or click away.

              To hold these Social Media Platforms accountable and make them and their insurance companies pay all the compensation you and your family deserve, call us toll-free or complete the Form for a free case review. Even if you're not sure about all the details, contact Advocate Law Group today to see if you or your claim may qualify.

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Many Investigative Reports and Scientific Studies have identified the risks of Social Media Addiction, including: 

Similar Research Reports


In a groundbreaking investigation entitled The Facebook Files, The Wall Street Journal reported that:  

“Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions, and drafts of presentations to senior management.”

The Journal further reported that; “Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them.”

You can find The Journal’s “Facebook Files” here:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facebook-files-11631713039

Digital screen time and suicidality during high school: How important is cyberbullying? A mediation analysis using the youth risk behavioral surveillance survey, 2011–2019

Authors: Dale S.Mantey, Andrew Yockey, Andrew E. Springer

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0091743522003802


Abstract

Elevated digital screen time (i.e., 2+ hours per day) is associated with suicidal ideations, planning, and attempts during adolescence. Recent studies suggest quality, rather than duration, of digital screen time is most impactful on adolescent mental health. We investigate the role of cyberbullying victimization on the relationship between elevated digital screen time and risk factors for completed suicide. We pooled five years of biennial Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance (YRBS) survey data (2011–2019). Participants were n = 73,011 high school students in the United States (US). Elevated digital screen time reflected spending 3 h (or more) per day on leisure, digital media. Outcome variables were: (1) feeling sad/hopeless; (2) suicidal ideation; (3) suicidal planning; and (4) suicide attempt.

Structural equation models (SEMs) tested the mediating effects of self-reported online bullying victimization (i.e., cyberbullying) on the effect of elevated digital screen time on suicidality. We controlled for age, sex, race/ethnicity, and survey year. Subsample analyses stratified by sex were also conducted. Overall, 40.5% of high school students reported elevated digital screen time and 15.4% reported cyberbullying. Cyberbullying mediated a substantial proportion of the relationship between digital screen time and feeling sad/hopeless (16%), suicidal ideation (18%), planned suicide attempt (18%), and past suicide attempt (26%), among high school students, controlling for covariates. Similar mediating effects were observed in models stratified by sex. Findings reinforce prior research demonstrating that the quality of leisure, digital media strongly influences the relationship between digital screen time and mental health during adolescence. Findings need replication via longitudinal designs.


The prevalence and determinants of body dysmorphic disorder among young social media users: 

A cross-sectional study

Authors: Mohammed Saud Alsaidan, Nawaf Saad Altayar, Saqer Habeeb Alshmmari, Meshari Mahud Alshammari, Faisal Turki Alqahtani, and Khaled Abdullah Mohajer

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7772767/

Abstract

Social media that is heavily used in Saudi Arabia has been linked to a negative impact on body image satisfaction. The objective of the current study was to examine the burden, determinants, and impacts of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) among a community sample of social media users in Saudi Arabia. The Internet-based cross-sectional study was conducted among social media users during January and February 2020. BDD was assessed using a validated BDD Questionnaire. A total of 1010 participants were included in the current analysis. A total of 42 (4.2%) met the criteria of BDD, with higher prevalence in younger participants. The defects of high concerns were skin disfigurements (64.2%) and hair issues (42.3%). BDD was significantly associated with spending a longer time on Snapchat and Instagram and less interest in religious topics. BDD group was more likely to compare their appearance with famous people in social media. BDD group reported more harassment and more history of psychiatric problems. There is a need to educate the public about the risk of BDD and to promote safe social networking.

 


Are you and your family eligible for compensation? Your Free Case Evaluation is only a phone call or click away.

              To hold these Social Media Platforms accountable and make them and their insurance companies pay all the compensation you and your family deserve, call us toll-free or complete the Form for a free case review. Even if you're not sure about all the details, contact Advocate Law Group today to see if you or your claim may qualify.

             Our legal team is here to help and quickly respond to all inquiries and devote our formidable resources to securing fast and complete justice for you without any out-of-pocket costs.