Standing Up For Those Harmed By Social Media
Social media is everywhere in our culture. Over the past two decades, it has quickly gained momentum and now is part of the fabric of our lives.
Because it’s so prevalent, the dangers of social media use are often overlooked. Social media is designed to be addictive. It’s designed to make an impact on users, often without regard to the detrimental impact it has on young, impressionable minds.
At Salim-Beasley, LLC, we’re passionate about justice, and we’re committed to holding powerful social media companies accountable for the many ways they cause harm to users – especially minors and young adults. Our team of attorneys has the experience it takes to stand up to social media companies. We have held other powerful institutions – such as the Catholic Church – accountable for other types of harm to minors. Our lawyers are skilled at navigating the many potential challenges of injury claims, including those resulting in mental and emotional harm.
How Social Media Causes Harm
Social media algorithms are very effective at keeping users hooked. The dopamine hits that come from scrolling and compulsively consuming content can generate a massive time suck. As many people have experienced, you might just want to quickly scroll for updates and, three hours later, still find yourself engrossed in needing to view more.
The long-term effects of addictive social media use can cause extensive harm, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Body dysmorphia and eating disorders
- Impaired focus and ADD/ADHD
- Poor performance in school and extracurricular activities
- Addictions and chemical dependency
- Self-harm and suicidality
Young people are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of social media due to the influence of peer pressure, negative comparisons and their still-developing brains. In many cases, harmful use of social media can lead to tangible, measurable harm: the need for ongoing therapy services, medications and, in severe cases, hospitalization for self-harm, in-patient treatment, and tragic loss of life due to suicide.
Seeking Justice In Cases Against All Types Of Social Media Platforms
At Salim-Beasley, LLC, our lawyers are building cases against social media companies that prioritize profits at the expense of users’ mental health. We seek accountability and justice on behalf of young people and their families who have been harmed by compulsive use of social media platforms such as:
Based in Natchitoches, Louisiana, we represent clients throughout the region.