Social media and gaming firms face a lawsuit in the UK for breaching children’s human rights. According to the lawyer who is in charge of the case, the damage caused by addictive devices to family life, from denying children sleep and a less active outdoor life to disrupting their schoolwork and mental well-being, amounts to a breach of article 8 of the Human Rights Act. The article states that ” Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence,”

The argument is that app developers design tricks are keeping children captive, rather than active, online. As a result, their autonomy and free will is being eroded, with huge consequences for their physical and mental development. Snapchat and Facebook denied they designed their products to be addictive and encourage people to develop positive and meaningful relationships off as well as online.