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Have CrackBerrys Made it Easier to Lie?

By Kevin Hill on 13 Feb 2007 05:36 pm EST
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A British pollster says it is easier to be ‘economical with the truth’ when using BlackBerry.

More than four out of five people admit to telling little white lies at least once a day says a survey conducted by UK pollsters. The preferred way of being "economical with the truth" is to use technology such as cell phones, texts and e-mails. “Techno-treachery” was widespread apparently, with nearly 75 percent of people saying gadgets like BlackBerrys made it easier to fib. More than half of respondents said using BlackBerrys made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than doing it face to face. The workplace was the favorite location for fibbing, with 67 percent of the 1,487 respondents admitting that they had lied at work.

The study was conducted on behalf of a financial-services company.

However, workplaces were not the only arenas in which dishonesty was happening. More than 40 percent said they had lied to their family or partner too. People admitted to lying about buying new clothes or the cost of them, how good someone looked in something, how much they had eaten and drunk, and how much they weighed.

Before we all get on the whole society is going to hell in a handbasket bandwagon it should be noted that most of the respondents said they told lies with the best intentions and to spare others' feelings.

So, next time someone BlackBerrys you and tells you that tie looks great, maybe take it with a grain of salt.

Topics: Editorial

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