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The Use of Texting as a Medium for Deception Among College-Age Texters

Ron Craig, PhD  Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Angelica Perez, MA Edinboro University of Pennsylvania  Brett Gatesman, MA Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Abstract Texting or Short Message Service (SMS) is a popular form of communication; like all forms of communication, it is capable of conveying information, facilitating relationships, sharing emotions, and even can be used for deception.   The use of deception in SMS is not well understood and raises many questions. First, is SMS used to deceive, to whom, for what purposes, can it be detected and is it perceived differently than lying in person? This study surveyed 195 undergraduate students regarding ...

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