The negative waves of Facebook

Published on April 18, 2015 18:35:35 PM
A new research says that Facebook users who feel that they are insulated to cyber bullying and depression are more exposed to the negative realities of social media.

The Facebook users who have a more optimistic attitude towards life are sometimes the worst victims of cyber bullying and are in the risk of even plunging into 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.

A survey was conducted by the researches for 1237 active Facebook users between 18 to 37 ages.

All these participants were requested to assess themselves as well as people in the neighbourhood who were experiencing the positive and negative outcomes of Facebook.

The results say that the optimistic users of social media tend to follow internet regulations to protect other users from cyber bullying, but are unable to control the negative effects such as 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.

The outcome says that the Facebook users who visit the site and rarely think about other people who visit the site frequently, have positive experiences on the site, a reverse optimistic bias that is new and more complicated.

Though some may contend that it is still untimely to claim that Facebook utilization is a direct indicator of clinical depression and suicidal attempts, a research demonstrates that negative events like Facebook cyber bullying can bring unfavourable outcomes, including depression and substance use problems.

"Without adequate protections, the damage of these critical events can be severe," Kim noted.

The authors said that it is important to observe the site for negative psychological states of users, because negative personal and health news such as stressful events and depressive symptoms are frequently shared on Facebook.

The findings appeared in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.