You might text your friend a white lie to get out of going to dinner, exaggerate your height on a dating profile to appear more attractive or invent an excuse to your boss over email to save face.

Social psychologists and communication scholars have long wondered not just who lies the most, but where people tend to lie the most — that is, in person or through some other communication medium.

David Markowitz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. He wrote this for The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Read the original article at theconversation.com.

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