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Are girls really at a higher risk of suicide from excess social media time?

July 29, 2022

Advocates for social media platforms express that parental responsibility and control should be stronger to keep teens from excess time using social media. The problem is that many of the platforms are designed for signing up without a parent’s consent or knowledge.  Because the sites are chock full of adult and extreme viewing material, it can lead to dangerous behaviors for users of any age, but teens are more at risk because their brains are still developing, Brigham Young University completed a ten-year study in 2021 that revealed an “elevated suicide risk from excess social media time for teen girls.”  The study tracked media patterns and mental health of 500 teenagers finding that girls who used social media for at least 2-3 hours per day when they were 13 and significantly increased user time were at a higher clinical risk for suicide.  Families who have lost a loved one to suicide or are dealing with a severely depressed adolescent who has mental health issues requiring long-term counseling that started or were exacerbated by social media use should talk to an experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer to discuss their concerns and see if they have a case for damages against Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms.

Social media victim criteria.

To build a case against social media platforms, the victim must have used on or both of Facebook or Instagram, began use before the age of 21, utilizes the platforms for more than 3 hours per day and suffered or suffers from various behavioral health issues including ADD, ADHD, depression and anxiety, and body dysmorphic illness including anorexia and bulimia, but the worst of is suicidal ideation or the act itself.

Lawsuits for social media may be based on improper or non-existent warnings to the dangers posed by their use.  It is beneficial to consult with a Michigan Facebook lawsuit attorney at the Neumann Law Group if you are concerned with harmful losses to your family through mental illness, depression and suicide.

Litigation.

Michigan personal injury attorneys at the Neumann Law Group may prove negligence through witness testimony from the behavioral health, medical, technological design, and consumer protection specialties, and using scientific evidence supporting associated mental health risks, crises and statistical death numbers related to social media.

Neumann Law Group

Traverse City

300 E Front St #445
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 221-0050
Fax: (231) 221-0051

Sources:

  1. 10-year study shows elevated suicide risk from excess social media time for teen girls (newswise.com)
  2. https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/[email protected]/part6/chapter171&edition=prelim

 

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