This "optimistic bias" or wishful thinking an intrinsic tendency to imagine future events in a favourable light that enhances positive self-regard - leaves those Facebook users at the risk of developing depression."Our findings show novel discrepancies in how people perceive themselves and others concerning the positive and negative outcomes of Facebook use," said lead author Sunny Jung Kim, postdoctoral research associate from the Dartmouth University.In the new study, the researchers surveyed 237 active Facebook users between ages 18 and 37.

The participants were asked to assess their own and other people's likelihood of experiencing positive and negative outcomes on Facebook.The results show that Facebook users with "optimistic bias" tend to show strong support for internet regulations to protect other users from social ostracising, although not from psychologically negative effects, including depression and loneliness."The lack of support regarding psychological harms may be because mental health effects are perceived as less amenable to regulation or because their importance is underestimated," the authors wrote.

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