Perfectly Irresistible: Developer Liability for Internet Addiction Disorders
25 Pages Posted: 23 May 2018
Date Written: May 4, 2018
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
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