The online Mag opens with this bold statement :
"Most people lie at least once during a ten minute conversation. Why bother trying to be different?"
I see no qualifying statement or facts to support that claim. A little Googling led me to a study published in the June 2002 issue of "Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology." . Certainly some journalists seem to have written headlines similar to the Wt's statement but what did it really say?
It studied "Self Presentation " eg.job applicants and those seeking to impress.
"The pattern of results provides initial evidence regarding
the relation between self-presentational goals and deception
patterns. People’s goals affected the number and type of lies
they told, presumably employing deception to achieve the
goals of the interaction.
It is important to keep in mind that 60% of the participants
lied during the 10-min conversation, and did so an average of
almost three times. It is hard to imagine that people lie almost
three times per 10 min during most social interactions. The
large number of lies told might be related to the awkwardness
of having to speak with a stranger for a period of time in a
laboratory setting. For lack of anything better to say, it is possible
that participants embellished, or even invented stories
to pass the time. Outside the laboratory, people have the ability
to end a conversation that they find boring or awkward"
So how accurate is their statement? Dis they check the source material? They who have claimed such honesty in such matters...
The way they state it is just B/S ....IMHO (sorry for a long post for a simple point )