Most Of Us Believe We're Good At Spotting Liars

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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. 

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. 

Source: SWNS Digital

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