Social media is a part of many people’s everyday lives. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, messaging apps, and other social media platforms have changed the way people engage with each other. While social media can help us engage with others and find like-minded friends, it can also wreak havoc on users, especially vulnerable children and teenagers. Roughly 77% of Snapchat and Instagram users aged 18 to 24 use the apps multiple times a day.
Exposure to Social Media Can Result in Serious Eating Disorders
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, women between 18 and 25 who frequently viewed social media sites about fitness are more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder. Specifically, those who spend two hours a day or more on social media are more likely to be exposed to unrealistic beauty standards. One study linked higher Instagram use with a greater prevalence of orthorexia Nervosa symptoms.
Unfortunately, cyberbullying has become more common, and as many as 37% of kids between 12 and 17 have been the victims of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has been linked to kids having suicidal thoughts and committing suicide. Suppose your child has experienced emotional trauma from cyberbullying while using a social media app or another online networking device. In that case, you may be eligible to pursue compensation from the negligent company that allows the bullying to continue.
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