I ran across a mention of several studies that show that people are much more likely to lie in email than to tell the truth! They also seem to feel that their lies are justified!! This was the result of several studies on the effects of email on honesty in businesses. The upshot was that 92% of the subjects lied in the emails!! Here is the article from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/09/30/execed.lies/ Why do I think this is important for Warrior Moms to know? Many of us "talk" to our kids via text, facebook and/or email. Given the other problems of difficult child-rearing, this is really staggering, in my opinion. It is easier to lie on the phone rather than in person because on the phone we have the words but also the tone of voice, mannerisms, etc... that we can hear. It is easier to lie with pen and paper than on the phone - little other than the words and MAYBE something about the handwriting can tell us if the words are the truth or not. It is easier to lie on email than with pen and paper!!! People actually felt that lying in email was NOT a problem even when they knew they were caught! This kind of makes me scared to text my kids. Not a lot because I have few if any reasons to suspect Jand T so far. And Wiz is beyond my control. Would knowing this change how you interact with your difficult child and the questions you ask about what he is doing? I don't know that the studies were conclusive or if this is more of a trend that appears but could be questionable. I thought it was thought provoking and that some of you might also. Do you think your kids are texting/emailing rather than calling so that it is easier to hide what they are doing? Do you catch your chld in lies more often in things they text/email to you? Do you think this is going to be a significant societal problem? It has been shows to have a negative effect on the workplace - coworkers are less cooperative and trusting in group projects and evaluations are more negative when companes use email, according to one professor. What could be done to combat this problem? I have no ideas yet, do you? My brain is fried, so maybe tomorrow I will think of some.