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Are you or your teenager suffering from anxiety, depression, self-harm or worse after using Instagram or Facebook?
You may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen told Congress that internal research proves that Facebook and Instagram knowingly showed teens and young women content that caused them to develop eating disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
The signs that you or someone you love is experiencing mental or emotional harm may be difficult to identify. The following behavioral changes can be strong indicators of mental health distress.
- A drop in social behavior – avoiding friends or social events
- Isolating his or herself in their room more than usual
- Becoming more quiet or withdrawn
- Finding it hard to concentrate on schoolwork
- Grades dropping
- Losing interest in activities that they normally enjoy
- Skipping school or expressing a desire to skip school
- Appearing angry when looking at their phone, tablet, or computer
- Hiding their phone or computer screen from view
- Avoiding using their phone
- Using drugs or alcohol
- Expressing dark thoughts or emotions
- Talking about suicide
- Eating disorders
If you or your teen have experienced changes in behavior, eating disorders, depression, or suicidal thoughts and believe it may be the result of social media, call Bruster Law Firm today or sign up for a free consultation.
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Does Facebook know?
Documents show that Facebook’s own research into Instagram discovered that the app made teens, and especially teen girls, feel bad about themselves, but that they did not have the self-control to log off. Despite knowing that the app was bad for their mental health, young girls felt addicted to the app, with a fear of missing out if they pulled away.
The company knew this but continued to pursue strategies to pursue younger and younger users and increase teen engagement.
They saw Instagram as their best option for winning the lucrative teen market from Snapchat and other apps and continued to show damaging content to teen users in order to keep them on the platform longer in order to sell more ads.
Among the findings, many teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression, and 32% of teen girls said when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.
- “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the company’s researchers said in a slide presentation, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves.”
- “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression,” said another slide, according to WSJ.“This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.”
- Per WSJ, another slide said, “We make body image issues worse for 1 in 3 teen girls.”
What does the research say?
Since 2017, Facebook researchers had been conducting studies to see how its apps affected millions of young users. The results were not good. Over and over, the research found that Instagram was harmful to a sizeable percent of teen girls:
- with one-third of users reporting that the app made body image issues worse
- 40% reporting that Instagram made them feel “unattractive”
- 17% said that Instagram made eating disorders worse, and a quarter reporting not feeling “good enough”
- feelings that started after using the app.
Moreover, the teens were blaming Instagram for increased depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. Among American teens who thought about killing themselves, 6% of them connected those suicidal thoughts to Instagram.
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