Many of those who read this blog know me personally. And if you’ve had much interaction with me you know that I find many social situations tedious, especially when they involve meeting new people. I also avoid talking on the phone. I don’t know why I dislike it–perhaps because I find the lack of visual cues disturbing. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t like being lied to.
A researcher in the communication department at Cornell has determined that students lie less in email than they do do in person, and that they lie most on the phone. I knew there was a rational reason I don’t like the phone, and now I have something to tell people other than “because it creeps me out.”
Perhaps more interesting is the posited reasons that email is a less likely venue: namely that there is a record that can then be checked later on. Does that mean that blogs are likely to elicit even more honesty than any of the other approaches? I somehow doubt it. Oh, and I’m not writing this in the nude.