WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Wichita State University researcher says people fib more while texting.
Assistant professor David Xu is lead author of a study that will appear in the March edition of the Journal of Business Ethics. The paper compares the levels of deceit people use in a variety of media, from text messages to face-to-face interactions.
For the study, 170 students from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia were promised cash awards of up to $50 for performing mock stock transactions.
Students designated as “buyers” were given inside knowledge that the stock was rigged to lose half of its value. Buyers who received information via texts were the most likely to report getting deceptive messages. People using video were the least likely to deceive.