(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 13 – The parents of a teenager from Wisconsin have sued Meta and Snap claiming that their son committed suicide after becoming a compulsive user of social media, and was kept hooked to apps by algorithms deliberately designed to promote excessive use. Christopher James Dawley took his own life in January 2014, a month before his 17th birthday: he was a model student, sportsman and lover of outdoor activities, but he had become so obsessed with social media that he often stayed on Instagram until at three in the morning. The lawsuit states that “neither Meta nor Snap warned users or their parents of the addictive and mentally damaging effects that the use of their products caused among minor users”. “CJ has never shown signs of depression or mental problems – said his mother, Donna Dawley – but he has become addicted to social media, progressively showing symptoms of lack of sleep, and obsession with his body image”.
At the beginning of 2014 he wrote on Facebook “who turned off the light?”, Then he took a .22 caliber rifle in one hand, his smartphone in the other and shot himself. Neither Meta nor Snap commented on the allegations. (HANDLE).
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