People Lie, Or Tell 'Alternative Facts' 10 Times Per Week


Have you heard about "alternative facts"? They're all the rage!

Ever since White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, stood behind a podium and told everyone that Donald Trump's inauguration had the "largest audience," everyone's getting in on the action.


Of course, "alternative facts" is just a cute word for a lie. So, yeah, the art of lying and the question why people do it so much -- *cough* our president *cough* -- have been trendy subjects for the week.

And if you're wondering "gee, just how often do people around me lie?" then you're in luck. We just happened to do some digging and found some answers.

By The Telegraph's count, people lie about 10 times per week. The Harvard Business Review, for its part, has cited a rate of two lies per day as an estimate.

Either way, that implies that we all take our amount of lies into the double digits every seven days.

But why?

Well, some things are just not worth telling the truth for, a senior psychology lecturer told the Telegraph. Dr. Paul Seager said,

OK, but what about the real liars? I'm talking about the ones who have absolutely no shame. What about them? Seager had an answer for that, too.

He said,


OK, this might shock you. But I know a guy like that. He was just talking about millions of illegal immigrants voting or something.

Eh, I'm sure you don't know him.

But you know yourself, though. So you can probably go on ahead and do a little experiment. Count how many white lies you tell this week.

If it's more than 10, they might not be so "white" (and you low-key might need help).

Citations: Telegraph, Harvard Business Review