C-H-E-A-T: Wordle Cheating Is Related to Religiosity and Cultural Tightness

Alexandra S. Wormley, Adam B. Cohen

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Wordle is a daily, online brainteaser. The widespread popularity of the game in the early months of 2022 has also led to widespread cheating. Here, we use data from Google Trends and Twitter to explore correlates of cheating on Wordle. We find that cheating behavior is negatively related to religiosity and cultural tightness. Although this is a benign example of cheating behavior, we discuss how popular trends can be used as case studies of group-level behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • cheating
  • culture
  • religiosity
  • tightness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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