Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire: How Media Context Affects Lying Behavior
Article first published online: 20 OCT 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 41, Issue 10, pages 2492–2507, October 2011
How to Cite
ZIMBLER, M. and FELDMAN, R. S. (2011), Liar, Liar, Hard Drive on Fire: How Media Context Affects Lying Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41: 2492–2507. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00827.x
- Issue published online: 20 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 20 OCT 2011
This study investigated frequency of deception when getting to know a stranger face to face or using computer-mediated technologies. Same-sex pairs of undergraduate participants engaged in 15-min conversations using e-mail, instant messenger, or speaking face to face. Afterward, target participants reviewed transcripts of their conversations and recorded inaccuracies. The results showed increased deception in the computer conditions, compared to the face-to-face condition, with the most lies found in e-mail messages. Lie content, rationale, and type were also affected by the communication medium. The findings suggest that it may be normative to distort reality online.