are you a Mas­sive Liar?

Re­search Says So...

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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).

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