Here's how to tell if your girlfriend is lying to you in a text, according to scientists

Here's how to tell if your girlfriend is lying to you in a text, according to scientists

Getting cheated on is never nice. It's one of those things that many of us unfortunately experience, and if we're honest, plenty of us have also done the cheating (don't lie!). However, sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you're being cheated on, or if you're being unnecessarily suspicious of your innocent partner. It's widely noted that when someone is lying to your face, there is a multitude of signs to look for. Things such as fidgeting, blushing and avoiding eye contact all suggest you're being deceived. However, it can be harder, if not impossible, to tell if someone is lying to you via text message.

The invention of text messaging has been good for a lot of things: now you can drop out of plans much easier, tell your boss that you're ill, or simply roast your friends 24 hours a day in your group chat. However, it has also led to a lot of things getting lost in translation. A lot of arguments are now started via text, as the tone of your voice can be misconstrued very easily.

But while it may seem like text messages give us no hope when trying to determine the truth, a group of scientists now believe that they have solved this dilemma for us all. The group of researchers from Cornell University, claim to have found the patterns in text messages which indicate that someone is lying to you.

After analysing 1,703 text conversations, the group separated the texts that contain lies from those that didn't and took a look at them. They analysed the word count, gender of the texter and the percentages of certain types of words.

Results from the study found that women tend to use more words when they are lying to their partners compared to men. According to the research, females tend to use more self-oriented words such as "I" or "my" during the texts, which are usually around eight words long (compared to nine words for truthful messages).

Men, on the other hand, were a lot harder to work out, with both truthful and deceitful texts were seven words long on average.

Both sexes tend to use non-committal phrases when they are lying, with words such as "probably", "possible", "sure", and "maybe" being re-occurring throughout the offending text messages. Not only this, but students are more likely to write longer text messages when being deceitful, compared to non-students.

It's not the first bit of research to be conducted into this subject, with a similar study from Brigham Young University finding that people who are lying tend to take longer to respond. On average, texts containing lies took 10 per cent longer to be sent, something which is easy to spot thanks to Whatsapp and iMessage providing read receipts.

So there you have it; your partner is definitely cheating on you if they say "I", "my", "probably", "possible", "sure" or take a while to respond to you. Enjoy being paranoid!