Jeff Hancock: The future of lying
An Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Communications at Cornell University, Jeff Hancock's research has focused on how people use deception and irony when communicating through cell phones and online platforms.
"On average, people tell one to two lies a day, and these lies range from the trivial to the more serious, including deception between friends and family, in the workplace, and in politics. At the same time, information and communication technologies have pervaded almost all aspects of human communication and interaction, from everyday technologies that support interpersonal interactions, such as email and instant messaging, to more sophisticated systems that support organizational interactions.
His idea: that while the impersonality of online interaction can encourage mild fibbing, the fact that it leaves a permanent record of verifiable facts actually keeps us on the straight and narrow."