Are people telling more lies since the popularization of social networks and smartphones?

Although the Internet has shortened the distances, it also contains an impersonal factor that can distort our view of who is on the other side. This is one of the factors that facilitate deception and lies across the network. In this sense, we can assume that the amount of lies told on social networks and from smartphones has increased in recent years.

To verify this, a new version of a 2004 study that sought to measure indications of falsehoods from the use of technology was conducted.

Are people telling more lies from the spread of social networks and smartphones?

We know that the Internet and smartphones have expanded the possibilities of communication. However, distance and lack of personal contact become factors in favor of deception and lies. In an effort to come to a conclusion on this topic, teacher Jeff Hancock of Stanford University conducted a study in 2004. In this work, Hancock analyzed the communications of 28 students who reported their communications across all channels, as well as how often they lied.

In 2004, social networks were not what they do today, as is the widespread use of smartphones. However, the results indicated that the population was lying more through technological elements, i.e. cell phones, video calls and Internet chats.

After 17 years of this work, David M Markowitz of the University of Oregon took over the study. In this new version, the communications of 250 people have been monitored in every possible way at this time. Surprisingly, the results did not differ even though social networks and technology were different than they were 17 years ago. According to the new study, people mostly lie through video calls, smartphone connections, and social media.

Although it is necessary to dig deeper in this regard, these results show that lies from social networks and smartphones are still on a similar scale. What could have changed since then is the number of people using these means of communication.

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