Is *everyone* a liar?
Girls' Life magazine|October/November 2020
Is *everyone* a liar?
These days, the truth matters more than ever. Why we fib—and how to limit our lies.
KATHERINE HAMMER

Some lies you may have told in the past few weeks:

“I can’t make your Zoom catch-up chat, I’m studying!” “Wow, Mom, that new meatloaf recipe was so delish.” “Don’t worry—your DIY bangs aren’t *thaaaat* crooked.”

But maybe you’ve also told these:

“We were six feet apart the whole time, I promise!” “My Wi-Fi went out; I can’t finish the quiz.” “I’m going on a walk…definitely not to see my friends.”

Sure, it’s usually OK to tell a little white lie here or there, especially to protect a pal or culinarily challenged parent from unnecessary hurt. And, yes, who hasn’t been tempted to say you’re skipping your Zoom study group to help your big bro clean the house (when, let’s be real, you’re bingeing Never Have I Ever for the third time)?

So what’s the problem (outside of, you know, getting caught)? Playing Pinocchio on the regular (61% of GL girls we surveyed confessed to lying anywhere from one to six times on average each week) can quickly spiral out of control (and, yes, now even endanger your health).

Plus, with more than two-thirds of girls feeling guilty or stressed after the fact, you have to wonder if lying is worth all the shame. That’s why there’s no better time than this moment to keep it real. Trust us: Your friendships, family and future all depend on your honesty.

WHY WE LIE

Back before the virus, lying was usually limited to social graces (“Of course, I’d love to hear your ukulele solo again!”), avoiding punishment (“Josie’s mom picked us up late”), looking cool (“I totally aced that test”) or just getting ahead (“I’ll do the solo, I was first chair at my old school”).

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October/November 2020