Thursday, April 08, 2010

Email or lie-mail?

People are more likely to lie using emails than they are when using pen and paper. Charles Naquin and his colleagues from DePaul University in Chicago gave 48 graduate business students an imaginary $89 kitty and asked them to choose how much they would tell their partner was in the kitty and how they would share it. Some communicated by email while others used pen and paper. 92% of the people using email lied about the size of the kitty compared to 63% of those using pen and paper. In a similar study 177 full-time managers took part in a business game pretending to be the manager of a science project negotiating for grant money. Again the players who shared information by email were more likely to cheat than players who shared information using pen and paper.

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