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So someone sends you a text or email, but you take too long to respond. Well, it turns out that by the time you respond, you're probably doing this: lying.

People are more likely to lie when they text or email, according to a new study from Brigham Young University. Researchers say they're learning to identify the signs of digital lying. The most common sign is people take longer to respond to a text or email and when they do their message is shorter than usual.

But Dr. Cooper Lawrence, a psychologist, people lie every day whether they're texting or not. She said it is much easier to lie when you're not face to face with someone.

Apparently a lot of people are getting caught in their lies in this digital age, because they leave a trail. For example, when someone says they're home sick but then they post a picture of themselves on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram -- and they're on the beach.

"It calls into question what people are lying about," Dr. Lawrence said. "If they're lying and saying they're going to be 10 minutes late, that's much different than if they're lying about having an affair. So it's the content that is much more important."

But don't think that just because a friend has taken too long to respond to you that they are definitely lying. Researchers say their study only reveals a general pattern, but it doesn't apply to everyone.

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