are you a Massive Liar?
Research Says So...
According to new statistics, 60% of us have lied in the last 10 minutes. Oops!
When was the last time you told a lie? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? Well, according to recent research by Statistic Brain, you’ve probably already told at least one lie today and you might even fib up to five times more – to your partner, colleague or even your boss. Whether it’s politicians lying during election campaigns or Charlotte Crosby telling fans she’s appearing on I’m A Celeb, it seems we’re telling lies round the clock. An experiment by POLITICO magazine found Donald Trump averaged one lie every three minutes and 15 seconds in interviews, speeches and social media.
It’s not just politicians telling porkies either. Despite only 12 per cent of adults admitting to lying ‘sometimes’ or ‘often’, researchers at the University of Massachusetts found 60 per cent of people tell a fib at least once during a 10-minute conversation. It seems we’ve been doing it most of our lives too, with experts claiming 90 per cent of children have already mastered the art of lying by the age of four.
It should come as no surprise either that according to a study by Scientific American, 90 per cent of people lie in online dating profiles. On average, women claim to weigh 9lb less than they do, while men often exaggerate their height, income and education.
It seems we can’t help but tell a series of fibs throughout the day, whether it’s halving the number of times we eat Mcdonald’s or not admitting Honey G is actually our guilty pleasure (she is, by the way). While we’d like to think we’re totally honest in every way, it’s definitely a set of statistics to keep in mind (especially when swiping through Tinder).