The fundamental problem with lying is that you need to keep track of all the lies and that gets burdensome. It is far easier to tell the truth.
Put up Your Hand if You Ever Lie.
If your hand went up, then we now know you’re a liar. If it didn’t go up then we know you’re an even bigger liar.
When asked the question “are you a liar?” nearly 97% of people answer “no”. When the remaining 3% (self-confessed liars) are subjected to questions calibrating their real, rather than perceived, honesty, they turn out to be, on average, 28 times more honest than the people who claimed they never lie. One of the most prolific liars in history was US president Richard Nixon, who researchers found to have lied on record 837 times on a single day.
Geeze, that’s a lot of fibbing.
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