Brits fib more now than ever

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN DUNN

BRI­TAIN is a na­tion of LIARS, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

Com­pared to a decade ago, we lie, cheat, speed, buy black­mar­ket goods and SHAG be­hind our part­ners’ backs more than ever.

And it’s only go­ing to get worse, be­cause young peo­ple see that sort of be­hav­iour as in­creas­ingly ac­cept­able, say boffins.

So­cial sci­en­tists at Es­sex Univer­sity asked 2,000 peo­ple to con­sider 15 “temp­ta­tions” – ask­ing whether tak­ing ad­van­tage of them was ever jus­ti­fied.

They in­cluded cheating on taxes, skip­ping a train fare, fail­ing to re­port an ac­ci­dent and ly­ing on job ap­pli­ca­tion forms.

Ten of the so-called “in­tegrity in­di­ca­tors” were com­pared to sim­i­lar ques­tions asked 10 years ago – and for eight of them the per­cent­age of peo­ple who thought about suc­cumb­ing to temp­ta­tion has rock­eted.

The per­cent­age of peo­ple who thought keep­ing cash found in the street was WRONG has dropped from 40 per cent to 20 per cent.

Only one in three of us now thinks that ly­ing in our in­ter­est is NOT ac­cept­able.

And half of us think ly­ing on a job ap­pli­ca­tion form is per­fectly jus­ti­fied. Pro­fes­sor Paul White­ley, who led the study, said: “In the long run these changes have pretty bad con­se­quences.

“If peo­ple don’t be­lieve and trust each other, it has bad con­se­quences for the econ­omy and for so­ci­ety.”

The study also showed no dif­fer­ence be­tween classes – rich peo­ple are just as likely to

lie and cheat as the poor.

I don’t!

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