BYU study: People who lie while texting take longer to respond

Posted at 10:15 AM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 12:17:09-04

PROVO, Utah — Have you ever wondered if someone was lying to you in a text message? Thanks to a new study, you may have a better way to tell.

A new study out of Brigham Young University found that people who lie while texting take longer to respond.

According to a BYU news release, the study finds that when people lie in digital messages they make more edits and write shorter responses than usual, which takes up more time when responding.

According to BYU, the study was conducted using more than 100 students from different universities in the United States. The students had conversations with a computer, which asked them 30 questions each.

Those who participated were asked to lie in about half of their responses. Researchers found that responses filled with lies took 10 percent longer to create and were edited more than truthful messages.

To read more about the study, click here.