Your E-Mail Is Lying To You

People are more apt to lie in e-mail than in other forms of printed communication — at least, if you believe some new research released this week. (As far as we know, it wasn’t sent via e-mail.)

The studies, conducted by a handful of American business schools, found an overwhelming majority of people are willing to fib via e-mail when given something to gain. As many of 92 percent told e-lies in the experiments, versus only 64 percent in written letters. What’s more, most of the people felt their falsehoods were justified and acceptable when in electronic form.

The findings, the researchers say, highlight the idea that e-mail “decreases the amount of trust and cooperation” and “increases the negativity in performance evaluations,” compared to the plain old pen-and-paper method.

In related news, a completely non-scientific TechCult study has found that writers on technology-related Web sites are always totally honest when posting content online. They never lie, the research suggested. The study also indicated they were incredibly charming, had Adonis-like appearances, and were regularly forced to fight off swarms of swooning ladies.