NCBI ROFL: The real reason Nigerian princes use email instead of handwritten spam.

By ncbi rofl | March 27, 2012 7:00 pm

The finer points of lying online: e-mail versus pen and paper.

“The authors present 3 experimental studies that build on moral disengagement theory by exploring lying in online environments. Findings indicate that, when e-mail is compared with pen and paper communication media (both of which are equal in terms of media richness, as both are text only), people are more willing to lie when communicating via e-mail than via pen and paper and feel more justified in doing so. The findings were consistent whether the task assured participants that their lie either would or would not be discovered by their counterparts. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.”

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“Next, people tend to be less restrained (and more negative) in e-mail. E-mail giant Google, for example, has recently created a feature allowing users to “unsend” emails within a 5-second window. The need for this tool suggests a tendency toward moreimpetuous decisions in e-mail content, without due consideration”

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