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15% (20%) lied about their hobbies and 17.5% (10%) about their job and, education.The relatively large age spread of 18-55 (with an average of 26) could however be considered a certain drawback of the study.
Caspi and Gorsky (2006) focused on participants of discussion forums, where 68% of respondents were women with an average age of 30.
They found that whilst online lies were considered a widespread phenomenon (73% of respondents thought so), only one third admits to lying to others.
The oldest age group then focuses on income for men, appeal and appearance for women and one’s age for both genders.
lying, adolescents, emerging adulthood, virtual environment The history and development of the internet indicates that what draws people to the internet is not the enormous amount of easily-accessible information, but rather other people (Biocca, 2000).
We have studied who are the most frequent recipients of lies and have found no significant differences between women and men in this respect; lying to individuals of the same gender is however more frequent for women, whereas lying toward the group of people is more typical for men.
For various age groups, we can thus differentiate various areas about which they feel the greatest urge to lie – for the youngest group this includes age and physical appearance, most often in chat rooms.Cornwell and Lundgren (2001) made a comparison of “misleading” in virtual environments and real life.22.5% (5% in real life) lies about their age, while 27.5% (12.5% in real life) lied about their physical appearance.In accordance with Bargh, Mc Kenna, and Fitzsimons (2002), the visual anonymity of the internet has a direct influence on the amount of self-disclosure and sincerity.The feeling of anonymity can lead users to behavior impeaching common social norms which would remain hidden in the real world (Reid, 1991).The goal of our study was to find out how the frequency of lying varies in diverse environments of the internet, who is the most frequent recipient of lies and what are typical motivations for lying.