Study Finds That People Are More Likely to Lie Through Texts
Dec 21, 2011 16:15
A new study has found that people feel more comfortable hiding the truth
through texts and those that are lied to this way get the most upset.
Researchers at the University of B.C. found that, when it comes to communicating with customers, business people are more likely to lie by text than by video, audio or face-to-face The more anonymous the technology, the more likely the user is to become "morally lax," said study co-author Prof. Karl Aquino.
The researchers asked 170 students to perform mock stock transactions in one of four ways: face-to-face, by video, by audio or by text chatting. The "brokers" were promised actual cash, up to $50, to sell stocks. The more they sold, the more they made. The "buyers" were told their cash reward would depend on the yet-to-be-determined value of the stock.
Brokers were given inside knowledge the stock was rigged to lose half of its value. Buyers were only told that after the sale and were asked to report whether the brokers had lied. Buyers reported the most deception through text messages, over video, face-to-face and audio messages.
The results suggest that communicating by video made the brokers aware they were being scrutinized — which may have made them more honest salesmen, the researchers said.
There are days when you hop onto the internet and randomly discover new online boutiques being advertised or shared on Facebook, and spend hours going through clothing pieces to buy. You mostly end up spending more than you should, and you aren't even sure if you really wanted some of the things you just bought. Read more
If you're a Facebook user, you probably have at least one former schoolmate who can't seem to stop overwhelming your News Feed with political rants or unnecessary personal life updates. You also probably thought of unfriending them, sometimes actually doing it. Read more
On Tuesday, someone contacted the Total Sorority Move (TSM) blog and claimed to be a college senior sorority sister submitting a supposed farewell note to younger sorority sisters. The letter was titled "Real Senior Sendoff Letter" containing advice for the juniors. Read more