Mo­biles, email help us feel bet­ter about telling lies

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MORE than four out of five Bri­tish peo­ple ad­mit to telling lit­tle white lies at least once a day and the pre­ferred way of be­ing ‘eco­nom­i­cal with the truth’ is to use tech­nol­ogy such as mo­biles, texts and emails, a sur­vey yes­ter­day said.

The re­search by poll­sters 72 Point found that ‘techno-treach­ery’ was wide­spread, with nearly 75 per cent of peo­ple say­ing gad­gets like Black­ber­rys made it eas­ier to fib.

Just over half of re­spon­dents said us­ing gad­gets made them feel less guilty when telling a lie than do­ing it face to face, the study on be­half of Friends Prov­i­dent found.

The work­place was a favourite lo­ca­tion for fib­bing with 67 per cent of the 1487 re­spon­dents ad­mit­ting they had lied at work.

The top lie was pre­tend­ing to be ill (43 per cent) fol­lowed by say­ing work had been com­pleted when it hadn’t (23 per cent).

Wor­ry­ingly for bosses, 18per cent said they lied to hide a big mis­take.

Em­ploy­ers were not the only ones on the re­ceiv­ing end of disin­gen­u­ous state­ments.

Just over 40 per cent said they had lied to their fam­ily or part­ner. Key top­ics to lie about were buy­ing new clothes or the cost of them (37 per cent), how good some­one looked in some­thing (35 per cent), how much they had eaten (35 per cent) and drunk (31 per cent) and how much they weighed (32 per cent).

The sur­vey found that while peo­ple were dis­hon­est, most told lies with the best in­ten­tions and to spare oth­ers’ feel­ings.

But with hi-tech gad­gets on the top of many Christ­mas lists this year maybe ev­ery­one should cyn­i­cally brace them­selves for a few fibs in the New Year.

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