According to a study of 600 iPhone users by researchers at the University of Michigan, people are more inclined to tell the truth via text message than by phone. Participants in the study were asked sensitive questions about drinking habits, exercise, etc. over phone and SMS interviews, giving more honest responses via text, regardless of whether or not they knew the interviewer was a human or computer. Researchers attributed the results to the lack of immediacy with texting, giving those surveyed time to sort out their thoughts and be more forthcoming. Additionally, with texting far more impersonal, folks don’t feel the need to please others.
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