Teenagers and tweens are spending more time than ever on screens and social media.
Social media use and screen time, in general, have risen sharply among teens and tweens, with teens saying they spend almost an hour and a half a day on social media, according to 2021 survey results from Common Sense Media.
Hiring a social media teen harm attorney can help to protect your kids from the dangers.
The dangers of social media on teens
A survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health asked 14-24-year-olds in the UK how social media platforms impacted their health and well-being.
The survey results found that Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all led to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, poor body image, and loneliness.
Social media use can also negatively affect teens by distracting them, disrupting their sleep, and exposing them to bullying, rumor spreading, unrealistic views of other people's lives, and peer pressure.
The risks might be related to how much social media teens use:
- A 2019 study of more than 6,500 12- to 15-year-olds in the U.S. found that those who spent more than three hours a day using social media might be at heightened risk for mental health problems.
- Another 2019 study of more than 12,000 13- to 16-year-olds in England found that using social media more than three times a day predicted poor mental health and well-being in teens.
Other studies also have observed links between high levels of social media use and depression or anxiety symptoms.
A 2016 study of more than 450 teens found that greater social media use, nighttime social media use, and emotional investment in social media — such as feeling upset when prevented from logging on — were each linked with worse sleep quality and higher levels of anxiety and depression.
A social media teen harm attorney can step in to hold social media companies accountable.
How A Social Media Teen Harm Attorney Can Help
Recent disclosures have revealed that social media platforms use complex algorithms and psychological manipulation to maximize screen time allowing damaging posts and hurtful communications to be fed to vulnerable kids.
Effects of this include a 146% increase in suicide for the 12-16 age group from 2007 to 2018 which experts have attributed to their increased social media and screen time.
Other serious problems include:
- Eating and sleeping disorders
- Sexual exploitation
- Attempted suicide
If you are a parent whose child was harmed by social media use or addiction, your child attempted or committed suicide, has severe mental health crises, or suffered sexual abuse or exploitation brought on by social media use, please call us.
Steven Gacovino is an experienced social media teen harm attorney that will fight for your family to get the justice and compensation you deserve when social media companies negatively influence the health and well-being of your teen.
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