"People fill in the missing pieces in the picture of others they meet online, not fully aware that the picture they are forming is based partly on their own unconscious desires regarding who they want that person to be and how they want them to act,” explains an August 2012 study of the disease titled “Munchausen by Internet: Current Research and Future Directions,” conducted by Bournemouth University’s School of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom. “This occurs at the same time as the person is taking advantage of the anonymity inherent in text-only communications to present their best possible face."

The Lying Disease by Cienna Madrid - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper