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Would I lie to you? Self-serving lies and other-oriented lies told across different media

By Monica T. Whitty and Siobhan E Carville


This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers in Human Behavior, 24(3), 2008, DOI: study set out to investigate the type of media individuals are more likely to tell self-serving and other-oriented lies, and whether this varied according to the target of the lie. One hundred and fifty participants rated on a likert-point scale how likely they would tell a lie. Participants were more likely to tell self-serving lies to people not well-known to them. They were more likely to tell self-serving lies in email, followed by phone, and finally face-to-face. Participants were more likely to tell other-oriented lies to individuals they felt close to and this did not vary according to the type media. Participants were more likely to tell harsh truths to people not well-known to them via email.Peer-reviewedPost-prin

Topics: lies, deception, media, internet, other-oriented lie, self-serving lie, DECEPTION, INTERNET, ONLINE
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.chb.2007.03.004
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