Social Media Lawyer

Today, it is impossible to imagine living in a world without social media. People use social media to connect with friends, promote themselves, and share content. These days, it is uncommon to find someone without some form of social media. Interactive technology like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pervades our lives. People of nearly all demographics use at least one, if not more, social media platform. But, social media can prove dangerous for younger users. Social media sites can foster online bullying, harm users’ mental health, and expose users to harmful content. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of families whose children were harmed by social media. 

Social Media and Mental Health

A Pew Research Center survey found that 90% of teens ages 13 to 17 have used social media. Most teens own a smartphone, and 45% claim they use social media on a near-constant basis. When people use social media, their brain release dopamine, also known as the “feel good chemical.” The pleasurable chemical activity created by social media elicits addictive behavior in users. Users continue to visit social media sites, but the outcome is not always positive. Impressionable young minds are bombarded with unrealistic portrays and expectations through social media.

A 2019 study published in JAMA Psychiatry examined 6,595 US adolescents. The study concluded that those who spent more than three hours daily on social media were at an increased risk of mental health issues. Younger individuals constantly compare themselves to what they see on social media. This comparison can lead to dissatisfaction with themselves and their lives. In a survey conducted in 2017, 43% of Irish teens reported social media as a source of stress in their lives. Many adolescents sleep with their phones by their bedside. Buzzing notifications and the temptation of a quick scroll can also disrupt sleep patterns. Decreased sleep can lead to stress, memory loss, depression, headaches, and gut issues. 

Social Media Disorders and Injuries 

Research has indicated that social media may influence our brain activity. One UCLA study found that likes on social media activate the reward center in the brain. But, the increasing grip social media holds on the developing minds of adolescents may have damaging results. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health condition. Studies point to a new type of anxiety disorder directly linked to social media, social media anxiety disorder. People with social media anxiety disorder constantly check social media because they do not want to miss out. If they cannot access social media, they experience heightened anxiety and distress. This disorder is not the only concern for children and teens. Social media use in adolescents may also increase the risk of: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep deprivation 
  • Suicide ideation/completion 
  • Self-harm 

Social Media Lawsuits

In October 2021, a former Facebook employee testified before the U.S. Senate. The whistleblower, Francis Haugen, claimed the company places profits before the wellbeings of its users. She revealed the company harms adolescents through its selection of dangerous information. Also, Haugen alleged that Facebook systems optimize profits while generating self-harm and self-hate, especially in teenage girls. 

In June 2022, eight people filed lawsuits against Meta Platforms Inc., alleging the company designed its algorithms to addict young audiences. These lawsuits claim this addiction led youth to attempt or complete suicide, develop eating disorders, and suffer sleeplessness. Parents and users accuse Meta of falsifying the non-addictive properties and the safety of its products.  

Do I Qualify for a Social Media Lawsuit? 

If you believe social media harmed your child, you may qualify for a social media lawsuit. A social media lawsuit can help you recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Countless studies and years of research shed light on the unhealthy impacts of social media on children and teens. Most children create their first social media account between 10 and 12 years old. This early introduction to social media may harm and influence adolescents when they are most vulnerable. Social media corporations need to reconsider the mental health risks of their platforms. Parents, mental health experts, and youth advocacy groups demand companies create protections and safer social media environments for youth. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.