DECEPTION FACILITATION ACROSS COMMUNICATION MEDIA
Brandon Gallegos, Jennell Higgs, Leslie Cramblet-Alvarez.
Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.
This current study examines deception facilitation across communication media. Three communication conditions (face-to-face, text-based computer mediated, and video-based computer mediated) were observed for instances of deception. Based on previous research, it was predicted that the text-based computer mediated communication condition would correspond to the highest rate of deception instances. This hypothesis was based on the media richness theory proposed in previous research, which describes less rich media as lacking the common cues that would allow deception detection. Contrary to the findings in recent literature, we found no significant interaction of communication media on self-reported deception. However, a trend was uncovered showing increased deception in the face-to-face condition. Further research is needed to evaluate the possible influences that may have led to these results.