Cell Phones May Enable Cheating, Lying and Deception, According To Infographic from Online-Education.net

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A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests people are more likely to feel deceived by text messages than other forms of communication such as phone calls or face-to-face interaction. In a new infographic, Online-Education.net takes a closer look at how technology may facilitate deception.

Online-Education.net, a one-stop resource for current and prospective students, recently launched “Text Me No Lies”, an infographic exploring the ways in which technology enables deceit among users and especially students. The data highlights the ways cell phones may encourage lying and ultimately influence student attitudes toward cheating in the classroom.

"As digital technology advances it provides an easy way to ignore moral values," said Aaron Tooley, spokesperson for Online-Education.net. "Cell phones remove the need for face-to-face interactions and dissolve the barriers for lying and cheating. It's easier to deceive if you don't have to look a person in the eye."

The illustrated data also suggests that along with texting technology, the social norms around cheating have changed. In fact, 65 percent of students interviewed say that other students cheat during school. The study also found that students don’t think taking pictures of test questions to send to others, storing information during a test or searching the web for answers qualify as cheating.

"Students have always cheated on tests, but cell phones make it so much easier,” explained Tooley. "Perhaps the most disturbing take away from this infographic is that many students don't consider it cheating if they use their cell phones to get answers during tests."

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Online-Education.net is a one-stop source for students and prospective students. In addition to interactive career coaching, the site offers information on courses, online degree programs and computer training. Online-Education.net is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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