by Patrick Wood
Facebook and Instagram have been
hit with lawsuits claiming,
their programs are
addictive, especially to young persons, and cause psychological
and emotional harm that can last a lifetime...
It's about time...
The effects of continuous
reinforcement on social media acts to trigger the release of
dopamine in the brain, in similar fashion to hard drugs.
reports that victims are fighting
back by filing lawsuits in Federal courts:
filed in courthouses across the US over the last week allege
exposure to platforms including
Facebook and Instagram has led to
attempted or actual suicides, eating disorders and
sleeplessness, among other issues.
applications could have been designed to minimize potential
harm, but instead, a decision was made to aggressively
addict adolescents in the name of corporate profits,"
attorney Andy Birchfield, a principal at Beasley
Allen, the law firm that drafted the suits, said in a
The complaints add to
a spurt of recent cases against
Snap Inc., including some filed
by parents whose children took their own lives.
follows a former Facebook employee's high-profile testimony in
Congress that the company refused to take responsibility for
harming the mental health of its youngest users.
One victim who is now 22,
claims her young life
was virtually destroyed and almost lead to her taking her own
safety, utility, and non-addictive properties of their
products," according to the complaint in Miami federal court.
According to Bloomberg,
The claims in the
failure to warn, fraud and negligence.
The complaints were
filed in federal courts in Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Delaware,
Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Missouri.
With the rise of
the Metaverse, the potential damage
could be much worse because it is completely immersive, blurring the
lines between reality and fantasy.
This should be a warning to parents everywhere to keep
their children away from addictive platforms.