ERIC Number: EJ867081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
The Prevalence of Lying in America: Three Studies of Self-Reported Lies
Serota, Kim B.; Levine, Timothy R.; Boster, Franklin J.
Human Communication Research, v36 n1 p2-25 Jan 2010
This study addresses the frequency and the distribution of reported lying in the adult population. A national survey asked 1,000 U.S. adults to report the number of lies told in a 24-hour period. Sixty percent of subjects report telling no lies at all, and almost half of all lies are told by only 5% of subjects; thus, prevalence varies widely and most reported lies are told by a few prolific liars. The pattern is replicated in a reanalysis of previously published research and with a student sample. Substantial individual differences in lying behavior have implications for the generality of truth-lie base rates in deception detection experiments. Explanations concerning the nature of lying and methods for detecting lies need to account for this variation.
Descriptors: Incidence, Deception, Behavior Patterns, Adults, National Surveys, Literature Reviews, Students, Student Behavior, Individual Differences
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