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Parents of Teens Suffering from Psychological Harm Due to Social Media Usage May Be Able to Seek Justice and Compensation

Parents of Teens Suffering from Psychological Harm Due to Social Media Usage May Be Able to Seek Justice and Compensation

Recent reports claim social media use causes significant psychological harm to children. Some serious conditions identified are:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm/Cutting/Skin Picking
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression & Mood Disorders
  • Other Behavioral Health Disorders

 

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Types Of Body Dysmorphia In Children Connected to Social Media

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Having body dysmorphic disorder means the victim focuses on his or her appearance and body image -- by repeatedly checking the mirror, constantly grooming, and seeking the reassurance of others -- sometimes for many hours each day. (Source: The Mayo Clinic)

Perceived flaws and repetitive behaviors cause the sufferer significant distress, and may impact his or her ability to function in daily life.

Sometimes, victims may seek out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to "fix" the perceived flaws.

Afterward, feelings of temporary satisfaction or a reduction in distress are often replaced by the same anxiety which leads to searching for other ways to fix the perceived flaw.

Intense body dysmorphia may lead to the following serious health conditions: 

  • Major depression or mood disorders;
  • Suicidal ideations;
  • Anxiety and social anxiety disorders;
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Substance abuse; and,
  • Other similar conditions

Reports Show How Social Media Use Is Harmful To Teens

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According to U.S. News & World Reports, Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, has sounded the alarm and calls for action to combat the growing mental health crisis among youth rising significantly after 2020.
Research and data in the following categories demonstrates the need for swift action:
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that the percentage of adolescents aged 12-17 suffering a major depressive episode increased from an estimated 8% in 2010 to 15.7% in 2019
  • An October 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed the percentage of high school students seriously contemplating self harm increased from 13.8% in 2009 to 18.8% in 2019
  • Surgeon General Murthy’s advisement team cites early estimates that suggest more than 6,600 deaths occurred among the 10-24 age group in 2020
What’s more, a CNBC article cites a Wall Street Journal report that showed documents detailing how toxic Social Media use is for the mental health of teens–particularly teen girls.
According to the findings:
  • Of teens reporting self harm thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users linked the issue to one specific social media site
  • 32% of teen girls and 14% of boys confessed that social media made them feel worse about their bodies
  • The key elements of the social media image sharing platform that potentially do the most damage are essential to the channels makeup
According to Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Montana, Social Media use is toxic for teens, but they don’t care. Parents are now joining together to fight back and hold these companies accountable for the harm their teens have experienced.

We offer psychological victims of excessive social media use and their families an opportunity for justice -- which may include a free legal evaluation of their case and compensation in a court of law.

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