The Truth Hurts

May 15, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

There are any number of ways to communicate, but according to a recent Cornell University study, we're most likely to lie over the phone.

There are any number of ways to communicate, but according to a recent Cornell University study, we're most likely to lie over the phone.

The study admittedly was aimed at a specific sliver population: 30 students were asked to keep a communications diary for a week. In this instance, it appears the more transitory (and removed) the means of communication, the more likely we are to be truthful. The breakdown:

Researchers found that many lies were spontaneous responses to unexpected questions, such as "Do you like my dress?" Hmmm.

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