Lying liars, etc.
Much has been made about the lies Bush told in the days leading up to the US invasion of Iraq. Much too has been made of the lies others told in support of Bush's lies. As Al Franken's book title puts it: The Lying Liars Lied.
But now, communication researchers at Cornell University confirm that we're all a bunch of liars. People lie in one-fourth of their daily social interactions they claim based on a seven day study of 30 college students who kept a record of all their social communication during that period.
Among the 30 students there were 1,198 separate incidents and 310 lies. On average, participants engaged in 6.11 social communications daily and lied 1.6 times a day, meaning that about 26 percent of the reported social communications involved a lie.
Most lies were told on the telephone. In fact, phone fibbing is far more likely than e-mail, instant messaging or face-to-face communication. The fewest lies were told via e-mail. The researchers speculate that fewest lies are told when conversation is recorded as it is on an e-mail.
The study, Deception and Design: The Impact of Communication on Lying Behavior,” will be presented April 24-29 at the Computer-Human Interaction scientific meeting in Vienna, Austria.