People May Lie More Often in Emails, Instant Messages

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Registered: 01-03-2001
People May Lie More Often in Emails, Instant Messages
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 8:48am

According to Health Day News:

New research suggests that people are more likely to lie to strangers when they're communicating via email or instant messages rather than when they are talking face-to-face.

"It's not news that we lie. What's new is that we lie even more online," said study author Mattitiyahu Zimbler, a graduate student and senior researcher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. READ MORE

Does this suprise you? Why do you think people lie more online?


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001

I guess I'm not surprised. After all, it's easier to lie over the phone (or so I've read, LOL) than face to face, and this online even more impersonal...

And there is something about having a screen name and not showing everything about you (for safety sake) that adds a little "insurance" that you won't get cuaght out. Maybe that is why so many people are upset that FaceBook and Google+ are asking for REAL names as screen names now... they've lost their insurance (as well as their safety/privacy.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001

No it doesn't surprise me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2003

Karen I agree! It's easy to tell when my son is lying because his eyebrows go up. It's hilarious. I always tell him he has a horrible "tell" but I won't tell him what it is.

Online lying isn't surprising to me, after all I've done the whole online dating thing and man oh man do you see it there! I think it's because people think they can recreate themselves online, and don't think far enough head to a face-to-face meeting.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-21-2001

Nope, I'm not surprised.