Perfectly Irresistible: Developer Liability for Internet Addiction Disorders

25 Pages Posted: 23 May 2018

Date Written: May 4, 2018

Abstract

Can companies who design software programs for public consumption be held liable to customers who develop internet addiction disorders? IAD exacts terrifying costs on its victims, and unfortunately, addicts cannot escape the internet without opting out of modern society. And yet, companies continue to add, intentionally, features that make their products addictive. While they build stronger magnets to attract more users, they pull vulnerable users even closer: in some cases, creating addiction.

This Paper examines the question of whether companies should face liability for their ever-strengthening magnet, and if so, under what theory? The Working Paper draws on suits against casinos to estimate whether developers might be held liable for negligence.

Keywords: internet addiction disorder, internet gaming, liability

Suggested Citation

Raso, Filippo, Perfectly Irresistible: Developer Liability for Internet Addiction Disorders (May 4, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3176166 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3176166

Filippo Raso (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

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