How text-based therapy is changing how we treat one of America's most ignored health problems...
Geege Schuman stashed this in Bots
When volunteers thought they were simply talking to a computer, they tended to engage in less "impression management" and they also displayed emotions like sadness more intensely. The volunteers who talked with the allegedly computer-controlled interface also said they felt less afraid to disclose personal details about themselves than those who talked with the supposedly human-controlled program.
One of the study participants who'd been told he was talking to a fully-automated bot wrote this in the study about the experience:
"This is way better than talking to a person. I don't really feel comfortable talking about personal stuff to other people."
Perhaps the whole reason we built the machines is so we have someone who will listen to us.