It’s time again for “Shortcuts,” wherein I answer readers’ letters in two sentences or less. Sometimes the answer to a person’s question is so obvious and the need to hear it so great, being as clear and frank as possible is simply the best way to go. Today we discuss loser boyfriends, lying about one’s age, and creepy old-man dance teachers. Keep reading »
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I consider myself to be a pretty honest person, save the occasional white lie — “Oh yeah, I’ve read War & Peace. Thought-provoking!” However, I think telling the truth is not always easy and it doesn’t necessarily work out how you’d like it to. The goal of telling the truth shouldn’t be about relieving a guilty conscience; if being honest is going to have massive repercussions, it’s important for the truth-teller to really consider its worth; other people’s truths should be theirs to tell, unless the emotional cost to the one being lied to is that grave. Ultimately, though, I think we all decide when to be honest based on whether we would want to hear the truth ourselves. Is it a foolproof decision-making method? Definitely not, but sometimes it’s all we’ve got. Keep reading »
We’ve discussed the most common lies women tell men and men tell women, but what about those little white lies women tell each other? For the most part, women fib to one another to spare feelings, but sometimes, as the Daily Mail reports today, lies are told to sabotage the competition (how rude!). After the jump, the 15 most common lies women tell each other. Keep reading »
John DeVore, best known to Frisky readers as our Mind of Man, just wrote an interesting expose on how to find out if your man is lying for GuySpeak.com. While he had some fascinating insights on waterboard torture, when it comes to women, it’s a heck of a lot easier to tell if she’s feeding you lines. She may think her poop smells like roses, but her BS definitely stinks! So, when in doubt, here’s how you can figure out if your lady is being straight with you. Keep reading »
It turns out Susannah wasn’t too far off yesterday when she posted those universal lies women tell. A new study, which polled 3,000 adults, discovered that while both sexes lie, men fib an average of 1,092 lies per year — roughly three a day — while women lie an average of 728 times a year, or about twice a day. Maybe not too surprising, men feel less guilty about lying while 82 percent of women say lying “eats away at their conscience.” The most popular female lie? “Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine.” Men tend to lie more about their drinking. The good news is that while moms get lied to the most, only 10 percent of those polled said they are likely to deceive their romantic partners. Um, liars? Perhaps another plus, 75 percent of men and women agreed that telling a white lie was OK to spare someone’s feelings. “Lying may seem to be an unavoidable part of human nature but it’s an important part of social interaction,’ said Katie Maggs, associate medical curator at the Science Museum, which commissioned the study. After the jump, check out the ten most common lies told by men and women.
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By “universal lies,” I think what is written on this man’s T-shirt is supposed to be a list of lies that we all tell. But it’s not really gender-neutral, because one of the lies has a pronoun in it. “She’s just a friend.” Clearly, these are the lies guys are more prone to telling. After the jump, the universal lies that women tell. Keep reading »
I once loved a man who lied. He lied constantly and ardently — professionally, even. His lies eased his access to third-world sweatshops where he’d document working conditions and then use this evidence to help human right organizations fight to improve the laborers’ cause. His lies made life unquestionably better for untold thousands of people around the world. I was not one of them. Keep reading »
Lying is bad enough in the first place. But if there are two things a person should never, ever lie about, they are AIDS and rape. So we are pretty horrified by these stories that came out today. First, porn star Jackie Braxton (aka “Fame”) is probably in hiding right now after she told a real doozie. This Detroit-based 23-year-old mother placed a video on the internet announcing that she had HIV and had infected over 500 men with the virus. She later claimed that it was all a sham and that she just posted the video to raise awareness about AIDS. Oh, and to market her website. WHAT??? I can’t think of a more inappropriate attempt at shameless self-promotion. This has to be illegal, somehow. Keep reading »
A recent writer to an advice column on TODAYShow.com admitted she never loved her husband, purposely broke up his previous relationship and only married him for financial gain. The woman, who described herself as a “good, moral Christian lady,” said her husband recently found out her tricks and now wants to divorce her. Geez, no surprise there. Obviously, this is an extreme case of dishonest behavior in a partnership. But we spoke with psychologists who say even the faintest of fibs can lead a relationship down a bad path. Read more …
This just in! Now we have proof that men are “liars, liars, pants on fire!” Researchers in the U.K. have found that men lie twice as often as women. On an average day, men tell about six lies while ladyfolk tell about three. While I’m sure there are many Honest Abes out there, sorry guys, it looks like you’ve totally slaughtered us in the fibbing department. After the jump, check out the lies each gender tells most frequently, according to this study of 2,000 Brits. It looks like men and women do have something in common in our lying habits—the most frequent lie in both lists is exactly the same.
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