How often do you lie?

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How often do you lie?

  • I am a woman, I never lie.

    Votes: 4 8.5%
  • I am a woman, I lie about once a day.

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • I am a woman, I lie about twice a day.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I am a woman, I lie about thrice a day.

    Votes: 1 2.1%
  • I am a woman, I lie at least four times a day.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I am a man, I never lie.

    Votes: 10 21.3%
  • I am a man, I lie about once a day.

    Votes: 2 4.3%
  • I am a man, I lie about twice a day.

    Votes: 4 8.5%
  • I am a man, I lie about thrice a day.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I am a man, I lie at least four times a day.

    Votes: 3 6.4%
  • This poll is stupid.

    Votes: 22 46.8%

  • Total voters
    47

Answers and Replies

  • #2
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I never lie. I do, however, always tell the truth.
 
  • #3
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Lies, like everything else, can also be a good thing, it all depends on the motivation and purpose, if by a lie you mean something that causes damage or has any negative effect - I never lie.

I sometimes bend the truth for constructive purposes, and when I am sure it will not do any harm, to protect people and stuff like that...

It's just like with guns - they don't kill people, people do. A gun can also save a life, and there is a huge difference in shooting an innocent person to get his wallet and shooting a mass murderer who is out for the kill.

Plus, do you really expect lairs to tell the truth about how often they lie ;)
 
  • #4
turbo
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I voted for the last choice. If someone habitually lies, the poll results are meaningless.
 
  • #5
Lisa!
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I'm a woman and I just lie in the internet!o:)

I voted for the last choice. If someone habitually lies, the poll results are meaningless.

The "I'm a man/woman and I never lie" option is for the 1s who lies habitually, I guess!:biggrin:
 
  • #6
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I am a man, I never lie.
 
  • #8
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I lie down and take a nap four times a day.
 
  • #9
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What's the difference between about once a day, about twice a day, about thrice a day? A prefix of "about" makes it an approximation. And one, two, three are 'about' the same. So I vote for the last one.
 
  • #10
Borek
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Well, I thought about putting it as "I lie once a day", but then anyone lying 1.1 times a day will be not able to vote.
 
  • #11
Chi Meson
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I never lie, except for that one.

Oops, now it's twice.
 
  • #12
Chi Meson
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How long has it been since a thread got linked to xkcd?

http://xkcd.com/246/
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  • #13
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women think I lie, and other men say I can't be speaking the truth...


but I do lie in wait
 
  • #14
BobG
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This is a stupid poll. It let me give an answer that couldn't possibly be true (whether the woman part or the never lie part). Only one person gave an honest answer, anyway.
 
  • #15
Moonbear
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I voted that it's a stupid poll. That's a HUGE leap from never lies to lies once a day.
 
  • #16
Scarface said:
"Whattaya lookin' at? You're all a bunch of ****ing *****les. You know why? 'Cause you don't have the guts to be what you wanna be. You need people like me. You need people like me so you can point your ****ing fingers, and say "that's the bad guy." So, what dat make you? Good? You're not good; you just know how to hide. Howda lie. Me, I don't have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth--even when I lie. So say goodnight to the bad guy. Come on; the last time you gonna see a bad guy like this, let me tell ya. Come on, make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through; you better get outta his way!" (Scarface - Tony Montana)

:biggrin:

I voted stupid poll, but fun.
 
  • #17
I lie a lot. Including on internet polls.
 
  • #19
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Okay, seriously, though. Does anyone have any clue how often they lie such they could reasonably answer something like this truly? To average it out and everything?
 
  • #20
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Lies, like everything else, can also be a good thing, it all depends on the motivation and purpose, if by a lie you mean something that causes damage or has any negative effect

The way I heard it expressed is thus:

There are times when it is acceptable to lie, when it is not a bad thing. The time when it is all right to lie to someone is if the person being lied to would thank you afterward.

For example: it is acceptable to lie to keep a secret about a surprise birthday party. The birthday subject might plausibly thank you for not ruining the surprise.
 
  • #21
Lies are only as good or bad as the subject of the deception. Lie about infidelity, and it is a bad lie, but then it is a terrible thing to do to someone. The lie is not the issue, as much as the reason to deceive.
 
  • #22
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i think i lie to myself, mostly
 
  • #23
lisab
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The way I heard it expressed is thus:

There are times when it is acceptable to lie, when it is not a bad thing. The time when it is all right to lie to someone is if the person being lied to would thank you afterward.

For example: it is acceptable to lie to keep a secret about a surprise birthday party. The birthday subject might plausibly thank you for not ruining the surprise.

I can understand that, I guess. But still, when I find myself in a situation where I will be "forced" to lie like that, it makes me very uncomfortable, almost a panicky feeling.

I think it's because I'm a stupendously bad liar.
 
  • #25
cronxeh
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Yeah I lie at least 2-3 times a day, and mostly because I don't want to offend other people's feelings. No I am very interested in what you have to say, and no I don't think you are boring the living daylights out of me, and of course your mother is a very wise woman :uhh:
 
  • #26
OmCheeto
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Umm..... My last post?

Shhhhh............!

:blushing:
 
  • #27
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Oooh, italics! They make any option more appealing.
 
  • #28
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I voted "This poll is stupid". I am not a good liar...but I want the person to whom I am lying to know that I am lying :biggrin:

For e.g. if someone (I don't like) asks me for my number, I say I don't have a cell phone. :tongue:
 
  • #29
I generally do not like lying but I do it fairly often to avoid telling people things that they are not going to want to hear, or to avoid giving out information that I do not want to give. For instance my biological father died a few weeks ago and I had no desire to go to his funeral, I told my grandmother that I had to work. Mostly though I am rarely in any position to lie since I rarely am in contact with anyone. My boss tells us to lie to people to make them more compliant but I refuse to do it. I suppose I sort of lie when ever he tells me that I should do things this way and I say "ok".
 
  • #30
Math Is Hard
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I lie about 3 times a day, but I'm trying to bring that number up.

By the way, I love what you've done with your hair!
 

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