October 26, 2010

People More Dishonest Online Than Face-to-Face

According to a new study, people are more likely to be dishonest online than in person.

Research suggests that people are more comfortable with being dishonest on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook than speaking to someone else in person.

Optimum Research conducted the study of 2,012 people.  It found that just 20 percent of people said they were more honest when communicating through Twitter or text messages. 

The study also found that a third said they were more upfront when speaking to someone face-to-face. 

"Modern technologies, such as smartphones, social networking and instant messaging have been hailed as innovations in the way people interact, removing obstacles to conversation and allowing for openness of discourse," psychologist Glenn Wilson told the Telegraph.

"However, we sometimes use these means of communication rather than a face-to-face encounter or a full conversation when we want to be untruthful, as it is easier to fib to someone when we don't have to deal with their reactions or control our own body language."

Direct Line insurance helped pay for the research.