Virtual porkies: Britons tell a whopping 28 lies a month online to loved ones – that’s DOUBLE they’d tell to their faceDeception easier though digital mediums, such as email, social media and mobileBrits collectively lie six times a day online and offline
Living in the digital era we can communicate faster than ever. And it seems we can lie more too.
Findings have revealed that online deception is rife.
A study of 2,000 Brits found that on average people fib to loved ones and work colleagues 28 times a month through online and digital mediums, such as email, social media and mobile.
A study of 2,000 Brits found that on average people lie to loved ones and work colleagues 28 times a month through online and digital mediums
Meanwhile most will lie 17 times a month face-to-face. Collectively we now deceive friends and family 45 times a month, or six times a day.
The survey also found that men lie more frequently, telling an average of 31 lies a month online compared to 24 for women.
Alan Sanderson, CEO of insurance company einsurancegroup.co.uk, which commissioned the research, said: 'Digital platforms like email, mobile and social media have revolutionised the way we communicate, but as our research has shown a lack of face-to-face contact encourages people to tell more lies online.'
Last year the online insurance company caught out almost 100,000 people who were involved in fraudulent motor insurance activity.
Mr Sanderson warned that lying online might be easier than offline, but it can have serious repercussions.
He added:'We want to draw attention to how easy people find it to fib online and warn that doing so can have serious consequences.'
Michael Woodworth, a forensic psychologist at UBC Okanagan conducted a study investigating deception in computer-mediated environments.
He explained that lying online avoids the physical cues that can give you away in person.
'When people are interacting face to face, there is something called the ‘motivational impairment effect,’ where your body will give off some cues as you become more nervous and there’s more at stake with your lie.
'In a computer-mediated environment, the exact opposite occurs. Deception is one of the most significant and pervasive social phenomena of our age.'