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In some experiments, only one possible lie option was open to them, while in others there was a choice available of which lie to tell.
Sexual experience is the top subject Americans lie to their best friends about (12%), followed by income/salary (8%), political opinions (also 8%) and religious beliefs (7%).
Adolescents lie to provide space, time, and to cover for friends or themselves, often as a way to gain or protect their privacy.
Did he lie to the middle class and give a tax cut to Big Oil corporations who are reaping huge profits and enabling Exxon/Mobil's CEOs to have $400 million retirement packages?
The more a leader lies to his people, the more he must lie to his people," Alterman writes.
And half admitted they still lie to get out of sex, says the research commissioned by That's Life magazine.