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Snapchat Facilitating Anxiety, Depression in Youth? What's the Platform's Liability?

Social media usage has skyrocketed among teens and young adults in recent years, with a huge proportion of the youth now reporting they have access to a smartphone. With this saturation of social platforms has come mounting evidence linking frequent use to degraded mental health outcomes. Many studies hint at possible correlations between high social media use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, loneliness, and FOMO (fear of missing out) among adolescents. According to Forbes , the vast majority of adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 using social media has doubled to 46% since 2014, when only 24% of teens claimed to be online! Platforms like Snapchat have come under particular scrutiny for their habit-forming features aimed at kids, like “streaks” that reward daily engagement. Through this blog post, we aim to raise pressing questions about Snapchat's ethical duties to its young user base, and whether any legal liability exists when its product design plays