Gadget users more likely to be liars

Blackberry_pearl A recent survey of 1,487 people indicates that more than 4 out of 5 people use gadgets and technology to tell little white lies every single day. About 75% of those surveyed said that using devices such as Blackberrys to lie made them feel less guilty than lying to a person’s face.

The most common place for the technologically savvy to stretch the truth is (no surprise here) at work. Even though the 33% who said they didn’t lie at work were obviously lying, 67% of (ironically) honest employees admitted to lying about being sick (43%), finishing work (23%), and making a huge mistake (18%).

UK-based 72 Point, who conducted the survey on behalf of a financial services group, also found that about 40% used gadgets to lie to their families and other loved ones "to spare others’ feelings." Favorite lies included how much a person weighs (32%), ate (35%), or drank (31%); the cost of new clothes (37%); and telling someone how they look in a particular outfit (35%). With fairly innocuous lies like these, it’s again clear that the 60% of respondents who claimed to never have told a lie to their families and/or partners weren’t telling the truth.

I wonder if the surveys were conducted face-to-face or on paper. The former, with participants hooked up to a lie detector, would probably yield more accurate results.

[Yahoo! News]

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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