Lying via email is easier than in person, according to a new study published by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers Robert S. Feldman and Mattityahu Zimbler.
The study finds that when people are physically and psychologically disconnected from each other, there exists a tendency to be less honest as the repercussions of guilt are lessened. Furthermore, because of email’s asynchronous nature, the lack of realtime response heightens this disconnectedness.
In short, people can sometimes forget that they are only using the computer to communicate with other people, and instead start thinking that they are communicating with a computer.
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