People more prone to lie in email?


12 Responses to “People more prone to lie in email?”

  1. akb says:

    If you think people are more prone to lie in e-mail, the situation must be much worse in boingboing comments. I’m lying now, in fact.

  2. Kay the Complainer says:

    Ahhh! Not the Epimenides paradox!

    *bangs head against wall*

  3. santellana says:

    it think the tendency for exaggeration in online communication versus pen+paper has more to do with form factor- mainly the tv. the tv and the computer monitor bear some resemblance to each other and over time people have become accustomed to tv talking/communicate-ing to them and mostly well, lying. well, almost exclusively lying. ok, tv lies always, thanks commercials. so when people are talking back to the tv ( not consciously understanding any differentiation between tv and computer monitor ) they tend to speak to it in the language that they know it speaks- lies.

  4. mdh says:

    This study of MBA’s sheds some light on our MBA president, and perhaps on the current matter of the 700 Billion as well?

  5. MaximusNYC says:

    Well, Bush and co. (as well as Sarah Palin) still like to keep their e-mails hidden, by not using government accounts.

    But this is an interesting finding. My speculation would be that people feel handwriting is more personalized and revealing than typed text… especially typed text that can be endlessly revised before sending.

  6. Jeff says:

    The thing is, modification of the Truth in the process of rationalization is very common. Some people lie and the don’t even realize they’re doing it. Seriously, reality is that plastic.

  7. mdh says:

    Jeff, do you hold an MBA?

  8. David Pescovitz says:

    JEFF @3, As George from Seinfeld once said, “Remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

  9. Jerril says:

    #4,MDH: If I had to guess from that one comment, I’d guess Jeff is in the field of psychology or possibly criminology or law, before business.

    Witness testimony is utterly unreliable – not because people are deliberately lying bastards, so much as they didn’t really notice much in the first place, but their brain filled in all the blanks and created a story for them that was consistent with their world view. Every time the witness is asked to repeat the story, it becomes more embedded in their brains as “true”.

    So what started as “I think he was sort of dark skinned?” ends up as “He was black!” (or people sprout hats that they were never wearing, or facial hair, or different clothes, or accomplices…

  10. Phikus says:

    Now can we get a study on people running for public office? I’ll bet the % goes up much further.

  11. gonzilla says:
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  12. thetiptonian says:

    I wonder if the reason for lying in e-mail being more prevalent than lying in print is more logistical than psychological. Most of us are better at filing and referencing sent e-mails than we are sent letters. That would make it easier to remember and perpetuate any lies told to those we correspond with.

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