Email Lying Study – A recent study found people are more likely of lying in an email than in person.
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst research was published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Researchers from UMass found that people are lying more when they were emailing or instant-messaging, compared with when they talked to someone in person.
“It’s not news that we lie. What’s new is that we lie even more online,” study researcher Mattitiyahu Zimbler, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, told HealthDay.
“Ultimately, the findings show how easy it is to lie when online, and that we are more likely to be the recipient of deceptive statements in online communication than when interacting with others face-to-face,” another
researcher Robert S. Feldman, a psychology professor and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at U Mass-Amherst, said in a statement.
But Discovery News points out that while people may have a distrust of information put forth on the Internet — for example, people with the too-good online dating profile or too many friends on Facebook — technology could actually work the other way in making us honest, too.
Surprisingly, a study of deception in e-mailing versus phone calls found that people were more honest in emailing because they can be documented, saved and aren’t real-time communication scenarios, which is when most people are lying.