Social Media Teen Harm
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 severe 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
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 severe health conditions:
- Major depression or mood disorders;
- Anxiety and social anxiety disorders;
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder;
- Eating disorders;
- Substance abuse; and,
- Other similar conditions
News Reports Show Internal Company Documents Show Excessive Social Media Is Harmful To Teens
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 made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
What’s more, a CNBC article cites a Wall Street Journal report that showed Facebook® documents show just how toxic excessive social media is for the mental health of teens–particularly teen girls.
According to the findings:
- 32% of teen girls and 14% of boys confessed that Instagram® 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
The Law Office of Steven Gacovino offers 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.