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If you or your child has suffered harm due to social media use, our attorneys are here to help. Our law firm is actively filing lawsuits against social media platforms on behalf of children and adolescents in Arkansas.

Social media addiction lawsuits allege that companies including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, X, and others knowingly designed algorithms to lure adolescents into harmful addictions.

Even as evidence of social media harm became widely known, social media platforms have continued to push addictive designs intended to entice young people.

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Social Media Can Be Sued in Addiction Lawsuits

Social Media Can Be Sued for Harm & Negligence

In November of 2023, a federal judge ruled that social media companies must face charges brought against them. Social media addiction lawsuits allege that major social media companies are responsible for illegally enticing and addicting millions of children to their social platforms.

Meta Platforms, which operates Facebook and Instagram; ByteDance, which operates TikTok; Snap, which operates Snapchat; and Alphabet, which operates Google and YouTube, sought to dismiss the litigation accusing them of harming children. However, a U.S. District judge in California ruled against the social media companies.

In their ruling, the judge rejected the notion that Meta, ByteDance, Alphabet, and Snap were immune from being sued. According to her ruling, “companies legally owe a duty to their users arising from their status as product makers and can be sued for negligence over their duty to design reasonably safe products and to warn users of known defects.”

What Is Social Media Harm?

Social media platforms are addictive by design. The notifications that platforms are built around trigger a dopamine release in our brains, similar to recreational drugs and gambling.

Social Media Harmful for Kids in AR

Is Social Media More Dangerous for Kids?

Adults are susceptible to social media harm, but teens and adolescents are particularly at risk. Why? The brain regions involved in resisting temptation and reward are not nearly as developed in children as they are in an adult’s brain.

Teenagers are uniquely vulnerable to getting hooked on social media.

Young people have become accustomed to using social media to maintain dopamine levels – which one UCLA study reflects:

As outlined in the Harvard Business Review, MRI scans measuring blood flow to the brains of teens responding to “likes” showed that their nucleus accumbens, or reward centers, lit up with activity. There is a distinct and scientific connection between social media use and how it affects the brain.

Teenagers’ brains are still changing. Adolescents are more likely to feel intimacy or rejection but lack the critical thinking skills to recognize the effects of social media use.

Research has further revealed that multitasking with mobile devices and social media while studying leads to lower gray matter density in the anterior cingulate cortex. What does this mean? It means that social media is changing the adolescent brain.

Harmful Effects of Social Media on Teens in School

Dangerous Effects of Social Media on Teenagers

Cyberbullying

Teenagers are impulsive and quick to be critical online. Social media opens children to being bullied, harassed, or even blackmailed.

In April the family of a 15-year-old boy filed a social media addiction lawsuit. The young teen committed suicide as a result of being sexually blackmailed on social media. The lawsuit, filed against Facebook, asserts negligence, violation of unfair trade, fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, violations of federal statutes related to the sexual exploitation of minors, and wrongful death.

Social Anxiety

Influencers and users notoriously portray an idealized version of reality. This distorted reality, however, can negatively impact a teenager’s perception of their own life. In a desire to “measure up” to a false reality, teenagers may seek extreme steps. Unrealistic comparisons, inevitably, lead to anxiety, depression, and physical harm.

Further anxiety can be a result of feeling left out. Doom scrolling, or scrolling endlessly, teenagers will inevitably see other users’ idealized portrayals and activities and feel they’re being left out, known as FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

Self Harm

Young people experiencing cyberbullying or depressing thoughts are in danger of algorithmic direction. Social media algorithms have been known to expose adolescents to unwanted and harmful messaging and imagery. This includes depictions of self-harm, self-imagery, and posts related to suicide.

Further, teenage girls have reported an increased risk of eating disorders in relation to frequent social media use.

Suicide Risk

The most predictive indicator of suicide risk in emerging adulthood has been shown to be a high level of social media use.

According to one study, adverse effects of social media such as cyberbullying, social comparisons, imitation and triggers, and dependency can provoke and aggravate suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Effects of Social Media Addiction

Negative Self-Perception (Body Dysmorphia)

Distracted Behaviors (ADHD)

Eating Disorders

Depression

Anxiety

Sleeping Disorders

Suicidal Thoughts

Sexual Exploitation

Suicide

Self Harm

Physical Harm

Poor Self-Esteem

Can I File a Social Media Addiction Lawsuit for My Child

Why is Social Media Addictive?

Social media and its content play to our neurological impulses, making it difficult to turn away from the steady stream of content.

According to psychologist, David Greenfield, social media uses powerful tactics to lure users. One such tactic, termed intermittent reinforcement, creates the idea that users could gain a reward at any time.

According to the New York Times, “When the reward comes is unpredictable. ‘Just like a slot machine,’ [Greenfield] said. As with a slot machine, users are beckoned with lights and sounds but, even more powerful, information and reward tailored to a user’s interests and tastes.’ They’re all about impulse and not a lot about the control of that impulse.'”

The negative risks associated with social media are well-documented. However, social media companies continue to deny liability or make any meaningful changes to how they target children.

Facebook & Instagram Facing Lawsuits

Thirty-three attorney generals have filed suit against Meta alleging they designed their platforms to entice and keep children using them for longer periods of time. Their design, algorithms, copious alerts, notifications, and endless scrolling features are addictive.

Thanks to a whistleblower we know that Facebook’s own research team had linked Instagram use to suicidal thoughts and harmful body images, yet they continued to target young children.

In an address to the Senate, former employee Frances Haugen said “I believe Facebook’s products harm children…The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people.”

When large companies fail to take responsibility for their actions, the legal system must bear the responsibility for protecting adolescents.

By filing suit, school districts, families, and individuals can hold social media platforms accountable and demand meaningful change to protect children and teenagers.

School Districts Filing Social Media Lawsuits

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Filing social media harm suits in Arkansas

Who Can File a Social Media Harm Lawsuit?

Taylor King Law is actively representing individuals, in addition to school districts in Arkansas, who have suffered harm from the use of social media. To determine eligibility, we encourage you to contact us toll-free at 877.213.5660.

Here are 5 questions to help you determine whether you and your child may be eligible to file a social media harm lawsuit.

  • Did my child use social media (eligible platforms include Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, X, WhatsApp, and Messenger)?
  • Is my child presently under the age of 24?
  • Was my child under the age of 22 when the addiction began?
  • Did my child suffer mental, physical, or psychological harm as a result of social media use or cyberbullying?
  • Did my child receive treatment?

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