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Facebook and Instagram

Excessive Use of Social Media Sites Associated With Severe Mental Health Issues

Social media plays a big role in the lives of teenagers.  The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) states that ninety percent of teens aged 13-17 have used social media and at least seventy-five percent report having at least one active social media profile.  The safety of these platforms, particularly Facebook and Instagram, have been called into question since the release of the "Facebook Papers" in 2021.  Now, researchers are reporting that the use of social media, especially the apps that are image-based are linked to serious mental health issues.  These issues include (but not limited to), depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, sleeplessness, eating disorders and other serious conditions. 

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook's own research has shown the app may be negatively impacting mental health and self-esteem, especially in teenage girls.  The report also stated that Facebook has been researching the impact of Instagram on young users for the past three years and has consistently found that it can increase negative thoughts and feelings in some kids.  Yet, it failed to take steps in reducing this harm. 

Do I Have a Claim?

Have you developed a mental illness or are you the parent of a minor child that has developed a mental illness as a result of excessive use of  Facebook and/or Instagram?

If you or your child has developed a mental health condition as a result of excessive use, you may have a case. 

Mental conditions could include (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and body dysmorphia. 

What Do I Need to Do?

Protect Your Rights by Hiring an Experienced Lawyer

At ELPO Law, we are committed to fighting this health hazard and the unethical targeting of adolescents, teens and young adults through lawsuits against Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram. With our extensive resources and years of litigation experience, our team is fully prepared to take on the creators and owners of Meta to hold them accountable for the teens who have suffered as a result of their social media platforms. 

If you or someone you know has suffered due to the use of a social media app like Facebook, we can review your case with you, at no charge to you, to determine if you are eligible to file a claim. It is important to act quickly. Contact attorney Bob Young at (270) 781-6500 or for assistance with your case.

As always, there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.

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