As much as we all wish everybody told us the truth, people lie, and while it isn’t always easy to realize people aren’t being truthful, it turns out a lot of folks believe they can tell whether or not someone is lying. I must admit, I never lie because I know I'm terrible at it. I'm just wound too tight to relax when lying. With that said, I'm also probably bad at spotting a lie. However...
A new survey finds:
- 53% of Americans insist they are good at spotting when people are lying to them.
- Only 8% believe they aren’t good at it.
- Those who do think they can spot a liar point to some obvious tell-tale signs folks aren’t being truthful, including:
- Avoiding eye contact
- Nervously talking
- A poker face
- When it comes to a poker face, 24% of Americans believe they have an excellent one.
- 37% of people insist they can do a good job at lying to others.
- Only 3% of folks think they have a bad poker face.
And while lying may be wrong, there are several instances where people think it’s okay to bluff now and again.
- They include:
- When playing poker (32%)
- When someone asks if you like what they’re wearing and you don’t (30%)
- When someone makes you a horrible meal (27%)
- As for how often people are doing it, the survey finds the average American uses their poker face four times a day, and lie 4.3 times a day.
- Meanwhile, the average person believes they are lied to, on average, 5.8 times a day.
- And despite all this lying, 54% of those polled say honesty is very important to them.
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