September 7, 2013
Awkward Texting Is the New Lie Detector
People who lie while texting take longer to respond, according to Brigham Young University professor Tom Meservy and co-authors of a new study.
Those awkward pauses could be a sign that the message you're about to receive is a big fat lie. Indeed, a new study finds that when people are lying in text messages or online chats, they take longer to respond, make more edits, and write shorter responses. Motherboard.vice reports.
Texting has long been considered a haven for deceit: Past studies show that people are more likely to evade the truth in written communication than when talking to someone face-to-face—the obvious reason being it's harder to know if someone's being dishonest without tell-tale signs like darting eyes, fidgeting, higher pitched voice, or whatever your nervous habit of choice may be.
That's why researchers from Brigham Young University are interested in finding ways to better detect when someone is lying digitally. "Digital conversations are a fertile ground for deception because people can easily conceal their identity and their messages often appear credible," study co-author Tom Meservy wrote. "Unfortunately, humans are terrible at detecting deception. We're creating methods to correct that.
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