[2023 Guide] Potential Damages in Social Media Lawsuits
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On this page, we’ll discuss the potential damages in social media lawsuits, provide an overview of the social media harm lawsuits, explain who qualifies to file a social media mental health lawsuit, and much more.
In the age of digital connectivity, social media has become an integral part of our lives.
Most of the population — particularly the younger generation — use these platforms daily to connect with friends and for online social networking.
However, these sites’ pervasive influence has sparked growing concerns over their impact on mental health and well-being.
Social media lawsuits have been filed against technology companies and social media platforms, seeking accountability for contributing to the youth mental health crisis.
Teen users and parents of children who have suffered from the following conditions related to excessive social media usage are filing lawsuits:
If you or a loved one have suffered mental health problems, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, or other issues after excessive social media use or social media addiction, you may be eligible to file a claim.
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Damages in a personal injury lawsuit refer to any losses, economic or non-economic, incurred as a result of an incident.
In an Instagram Mental Health case, damages could include some of the following:
Other potential damages are possible.
As the legal pressure on Instagram and Facebook (Meta) grows, more damages may become viable in claims for compensation.
Teens and young adults who have used Social Media and subsequently suffered from mental health impacts may be eligible for a lawsuit.
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These lawsuits allege that social media companies knew or should have known that their products are potentially unsafe for children.
They claim that certain mental health problems in young people have been directly caused by excessive social media use, encouraged by the way that social media platforms are crafted.
The surge in social media lawsuits highlights the mounting evidence suggesting a link between the excessive use of these platforms and a range of mental health issues.
The claims highlight the adverse effects on teens and young users, emphasizing how this constant digital interaction can contribute to the development of mental health problems, eating disorders, and other forms of harm.
Adolescent addiction to social media platforms has become a topic of increasing concern.
The lawsuits assert that social media companies have a duty to protect their users from these potential harms, especially the vulnerable and impressionable young population.
Plaintiffs aim to hold the companies behind these platforms accountable for related injuries, diagnoses, and damages.
The lawsuit also wants to ensure that the defendants — once proven liable — can create policies and protocols that help reduce their platforms’ negative effects on social media users.
The concept of damages is important to understand for those interesting in filing social media lawsuits.
Damages represent the legal compensation sought by plaintiffs to address the physical, emotional, and financial toll they have endured due to the harmful effects of unrestricted social media use.
These damages can be classified into two main categories:
An experienced lawyer will help you assess and calculate the total damages in your claim, taking into account medical treatments, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with your child’s social media addiction and subsequent mental health suffering.
Economic damages refer to monetary costs associated with a defective product’s impact on the plaintiff’s health and life.
Potential economic damages in social media addiction lawsuits may include:
Non-economic damages refer to other costs associated with social media addiction and mental health effects that are not as easily calculated.
An experienced lawyer can help you determine, assess, and calculate applicable non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages in social media addiction lawsuit may include:
As the impact of excessive social media use on mental health becomes more apparent, the focus has turned to the platforms that wield substantial influence over users’ thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
Several prominent social media apps and companies have found themselves facing legal action as defendants in these cases.
Meta — the parent company of Facebook and Instagram — is one of the largest and most influential social media platforms globally.
With billions of social media accounts in both Instagram and Facebook, this conglomerate has significantly shaped the way people interact and share information online.
However, concerns have been raised about the platform’s role in fostering negative mental health outcomes, particularly among young users.
Lawsuits against Meta assert that the company’s algorithms and features contribute to the proliferation of harmful content and unrealistic beauty standards, which can exacerbate mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and body dysmorphia.
TikTok, a popular short-form video platform, has captured the attention of millions of users, especially among the younger demographic.
According to the Pew Research Center, this platform has the highest number of teen users in 2022.
However, its addictive nature and emphasis on appearance and popularity metrics can contribute to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
Lawsuits against TikTok contend that the platform’s design and content algorithms prioritize engagement over user well-being.
These features encourage negative social media habits that potentially lead to mental health struggles and negative self-comparisons.
YouTube — a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. — has revolutionized the way people consume video content.
However, concerns have been raised about the platform’s role in promoting harmful and sensationalist content that can negatively impact users’ mental health.
Cases against YouTube and Google highlight the responsibility of these companies to curate content responsibly and protect users — especially young and impressionable individuals — from potentially damaging material.
Snapchat is known for its photo and video sharing.
However, the platform has also faced scrutiny for its potential impact on mental health.
Features such as disappearing messages and streaks can create a constant need for validation and contribute to feelings of anxiety and social pressure.
Those who are filing cases against Snap Inc. argue that the platform’s design and features may contribute to mental health issues like self harm and depression.
These effects are particularly seen among young adults, the apps’ primary user base.
Constant social media usage has been linked to a range of mental and emotional injuries that can significantly impact the well-being of young individuals.
Injuries that young people can suffer due to the negative effects of prolonged use of a social media platform may include:
Constant exposure to curated and idealized versions of others’ lives on social media can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.
The perpetual cycle of comparison can contribute to depressive thoughts and emotions, making young users susceptible to developing depression when using a social media site.
This observation has been backed by studies, with many experts agreeing that the link is apparent.
The pressure to maintain an impressive online presence, coupled with the fear of missing out (FOMO), can contribute to heightened anxiety levels among young individuals.
The continuous need to be “liked” or acknowledged can also exacerbate feelings of social anxiety and create a sense of constant scrutiny.
As these feelings increase, a person can develop various anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety disorder (SAD).
Social media platforms often perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards and promote pictures that are heavily edited or filtered.
Young users may distorted perceptions of their own bodies, leading to body dysmorphia and an unhealthy preoccupation with appearance.
Instagram and other social media platforms that focus on images are particularly well-known for these effects.
The isolation and loneliness that can stem from excessive social media use — coupled with the negative social comparison — can push some young individuals to experience thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
The anonymity of online interactions may also contribute to the exacerbation of these feelings.
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Social media’s emphasis on appearance and the prevalence of diet and fitness content can contribute to the development or exacerbation of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
Young users may be influenced by images and messages that promote unhealthy body image ideals.
TorHoerman Law’s team is investigating claims against social media companies for contributing to the teen mental health crisis.
If you or a loved one excessively used social media platforms and developed mental health problems, you may be eligible to file a social media lawsuit.
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