Not Sure If He’s Lying? Text Him To Get The Truth, Says Scienceby Yelena Shuster on May 22, 2012
From misspellings straight out of elementary school to wish-I-could-unsee-that peen pics, awful texts are par for the course these days. But a new study suggests that you shouldn’t give your thumbs a break just yet: Turns out people are more likely to reveal sensitive intel via text as opposed to phone.
Researchers explain the surprising results this way: there’s something about a text message that feels anonymous. Also, there’s no pressure to sound good to another live human being (at least psychologically).
The results especially apply when you’re baking organic vegan cookies, reading 50 Shades, and cry-watching So You Think You Can Dance all at once. Apparently, multitasking — aka I’m-super-distracted-tasking — is society’s secret truth serum. So if you need to gather some data on the guy you just started dating, like say his number, try texting him in the middle of a Game of Thrones marathon. Warning: results not guaranteed.
Yelena Shuster judges your texts for grammatical accuracy.