Cash test shows people lie more by email, researchers say

It could pay to be sceptical next time you check your inbox, according to research which suggests that people are more likely to lie in an email than in other forms of communication.Experts have long known that it is easier to lie in writing than in real life, where deception is made more difficult by physical prompts such as eye contact.But psychological tests conducted by business professors at Rutgers, Lehigh and DePaul universities in the US found people are significantly more likely to lie in emails than in handwritten documents. ‘more likely to lie in emails’
People are more likely to tell lies in emails than in handwritten communication, research suggests.In tests carried out at US universities, students were given $89 (£50) and told to split it with somebody they didn’t know and who was unaware of the total amount of money.Ninety-two per cent of the students who arranged the division of the money by email were found to have lied about the total. Among those dividing it via handwritten note, 64 per cent were dishonest. and Lies
E-mail has become one of the dominant forms of workplace communication, but new research suggests it also may be the most deceptive.Researchers at Rutgers and DePaul Universities studied how e-mail influenced communication among 48 graduate students. In the study, they told students they had $89. Each student could then divide the money any way he or she liked and give a portion to another person whom they didn’t know.

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