Facebook Lawsuit Lawyer
The Facebook lawsuit lawyer at the Neumann Law Group can assist you if you believe your child was harmed by social media. There have been several studies indicating that social media use is connected to increased suicide attempts, body dysmorphia, self-harm, and mental health issues among youth. Facebook’s own internal studies were recently leaked by a whistleblower and these studies found similar conclusions that social media use amongst teens and adolescents could cause mental and emotional harm.
If your child uses or has used Instagram or Facebook for more than three hours a day, and suffered from mental health issues as a result, you may have the right to join a growing number of parents who are suing Meta (Facebook and Instagram) for harm caused to their minor children because of social media addiction, mental health issues, and self-harm related to social media use. If your child started using Meta products (Facebook or Instagram) before age 21, you may be able to join a growing number of parents who are suing Meta for harm these social media platforms caused to their children. Already several lawsuits in several states have been filed, accusing Facebook of using algorithms that intentionally kept children addicted to its product without warning parents or children of the risks and harms, despite the company knowing about the risks.Injuries From Social Media Use?
There is a growing body of research that indicates that excessive social media use can cause mental and emotional harm to children. According to Current Opinion in Psychiatry, researchers evaluated seven studies, and found that the number of suicide attempts was higher among adolescents who used social media heavily. While these studies don’t indicate a causal relation, they indicate that social media use could be connected to greater risk for self-harm.
Suicide is the second top cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24 years. Social media addiction is an issue that is of increasing concern, especially when it comes to the developing brains of children and youth. Social media addiction is the compulsive and excessive use of social media that interferes with other aspects of a person’s life. As many as 10% of people in the U.S. might suffer from social media addiction, but the concern is especially high about the life-long effects social media addiction might have on children and youth. If your child was unable to focus, unable to do schoolwork, or withdrew from other activities and areas of life to use social media, he or she may have a social media addiction.
Researchers know that when we log onto social media, dopamine in the brain increases. Dopamine is the brain’s feel-good chemical. We can also experience dopamine release when we eat sweets, go shopping, or engage in other pleasurable activities. This increase in dopamine when we use social media can make social media so addictive. Dopamine is also connected to addictive behavior. Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter (or brain chemical) associated with other addictive behaviors like drug or alcohol addiction.
Dopamine is associated with motivation. When a person repeatedly exposes themselves to addictive behavior, they need more and more of the behavior to get the same dopamine “hit.” Children and adolescents can find themselves addicted to social media. Teenage addiction can have lifelong consequences for children. It can reduce a child’s ability to experience pleasure from other activities, and affect the wiring or interconnections of a child’s developing brain.
Recently, a growing number of parents have sued Meta (Facebook and Instagram) for failing to warn parents and users about the addictive and harmful effects of social media use. The lawsuits claim that the companies’ algorithms intentionally work to keep users hooked to these platforms. The lawsuits further claim that these algorithms were used to keep children hooked to the platforms, leading to social media addiction, mental health issues, and self-harm.
If your child started using social media before age 21, and became addicted to Facebook or Instagram, or developed other mental health issues, you may be able to join a growing number of parents suing these companies for harm caused to children. Contact the Facebook lawsuit lawyer at the Neumann Law Group today to learn more about your rights and next steps.What are Some Injuries Facebook and Instagram Users Might Have Experienced?
Social media use has been linked to increased attempts of suicide, social media addiction, and other self-harm behaviors. Other self-harm behaviors associated with social media use, include:
- Lack of Focus
- Body Dysmorphia
- Eating Disorders
- Thoughts About Self-Harm
- Suicidal Ideation
- Suicide Attempts
If your child suffered from any of these conditions, you may be able to join a growing number of parents and adults who started using social media as children, who are suing social media companies for failing to warn about the risks. These lawsuits further claim that these social media companies created and used algorithms designed to collect minors’ data, and to keep them hooked to these services. The lawsuits claim that social media use is directly related to the mental health issues children are facing.
The lawsuits further claim that social media companies made an intentional effort to keep children hooked to their products to increase profits. Several laws have been proposed that would protect children from being targeted by these algorithms. Yet in many states there are no laws and there is deep concern that these social media products could cause harm to children.
If your child has suffered from anxiety, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, depression, bulimia, lack of focus, suicidal ideation, or suicide attempts, and uses social media excessively, you may be able to join a growing number of concerned parents suing social media companies. Neumann & Associates is a Facebook lawsuit law firm that is currently taking cases from parents who believe their children were harmed by these products. If your child committed suicide, attempted suicide, or suffers from serious mental health issues and you believe social media use contributed to these conditions, we want to hear from you. Our compassionate and caring Facebook lawsuit lawyers will take the time to hear your story and offer you guidance on the next steps. You are not alone.Testimony Before U.S. Senate
The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, one of Facebook’s former data scientists, testified before the U.S. Senate, leaking Facebook studies that found that teen girls were more likely to have suicidal thoughts after using Instagram, that teen girls were more likely to say their eating disorders got worse after using Instagram, and that after using Instagram, they felt worse about their bodies. She also testified that the social media giant intentionally targeted children with addictive content.
This leaked information provides a compelling and disturbing picture of how these algorithms may have impacted teens and children. Facebook and Instagram heavily guard their algorithms, and this information is corroborated with independent studies that indicate that teenage use of social media has risks, including a potential risk of suicide attempts.
If you believe your child was negatively impacted after using social media to excess, you are not alone. More parents are joining a growing movement to hold social media giants accountable. The Facebook lawsuit lawyers at Neumann & Associates are here to help you if your child was negatively affected by these products.Contact Us Today
Neumann & Associates is currently taking cases from adults who began using Facebook and Instagram before they were 21 and is also taking cases from concerned parents who believe that their children’s Facebook and Instagram use contributed to their children’s mental health issues. If your child suffers from a serious mental health issue and also uses Facebook or Instagram more than 3 hours a day, you may be able to join a growing number of people suing these social media companies. Contact Neumann & Associates, a Facebook lawsuit lawyer today to learn more. Our lawyers are here to listen to your situation and offer guidance on the next steps.