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Popcorn brain: Are social media platforms related to declining youth mental health.

Michigan – July 12, 2022

Overstimulation of the brain can lead to a biological effect referred to as “popcorn brain” which is a byproduct of spending too much time online.  The brain becomes overstimulated with a constant feed of information causing individual difficulty removing oneself from online activities, calming thoughts and engaging in life offline.  The health implications associated with this effect may impact mood, sleep quality, and attention span, all of which can be detrimental to mental and physical health and well-being, specifically in developing adolescent minds although negative impacts of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Snap Chat have wreaked havoc on grown adults and families around the world.  Victims of social media addiction or their loved ones should contact experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers to discuss their concerns and see if they have a case for damages against Facebook and other social media platforms.

Adolescent risky behavior.

Several changes occur to the adolescent human brain where the amount of gray matter in the brain’s prefrontal cortex reaches maximum and begins to decrease, and sensitivity to the limbic system becomes much higher than adults.  These interactions cause increased tendency to make risky decisions and engage in impulsive behaviors that may be guided by social media misinformation. Facebook and other social media platforms are aware of the impact they have on developing minds, and United States citizens who utilize online activities as part of their daily living.  The danger of these platforms stems from overuse or misuse of their products.  The ability to sway a young mind into activities they would not otherwise think of is a problem associated with the unrealistic expectations of themselves and others perceived in online “perfection,” in addition to bullying capabilities that have resulted in teen deaths across the country.

Social media victim criteria:

To build a case against social media platforms, the victim must have used one or both of Facebook or Instagram, began use before the age of 21, utilized 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/or body dysmorphic illness including anorexia and bulimia, but the worst is risk is that of suicidal ideation or the act itself.

Wrongful death through user injury and harm.

It is important to speak with a lawyer who has experience with personal injury laws addressing the design and marketing of a product that predisposes young individuals to addictive behaviors and mental health issues that could ruin their lives and cause physical, mental, and emotional harms.  The social media product  poses unreasonable dangers to individuals who purchase and utilize it in accordance with the directions and warnings provided.  Lawsuits for social media may be based on improper or non-existent warnings to the dangers posed by their use.  Depending on the harms to your  health, it may be prudent to consult with a Michigan Facebook lawsuit attorney at the Neumann Law Group who can explain when legal action is warranted.

Seek legal counsel.

Michigan personal injury attorneys  at the Neumann Law Group can explain how dangerous social media platforms can be and initiate lawsuits against them, specifically Facebook and Instagram.  Proving negligence may require a variety of witnesses from the behavioral health, medical, technological design and consumer protection specialties, in addition to collecting scientific evidence supporting associated mental health risks, crises and statistical death numbers related to social media.  Skilled accident attorneys at Neumann Law Group can assist injured parties toward  comprehensive damage award/settlements to address related harms.

Neumann Law Group

Traverse City

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

  1. https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title28/part6/chapter171&edition=prelim
  2. The Cognitive and Psychosocial Development of Adolescents | Psychology Paper Example (psychologywriting.com)
  3. Does life online give you ‘popcorn brain’? – CNN.com
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