BoingBoing reports on a study that suggests that people are more likely to lie when writing email than when writing with pen and paper. They summarize the key finding this way:

According to the researchers, those using email during the negotiations lied 92 percent of the time compared to pen-and-paper users who fibbed around 64 percent of the time.

Is there something about email as a means of communication that makes people more willing to lie? What consequences might this have for communication in the future? Can we trust what people are writing to us? How might it differ for other forms of electronic communication?

A story on the original study is also available here.

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