Read the following interviews with some teenagers.
I usually lie to protect myself or so that I donТt hurt someoneТs feelings. I think I lie most to my parents but I donТt really lie that much. I donТt lie very often but I hold back on the truth quite a lot. In other words, I donТt tell the whole truth. Some people might consider restricting the truth and lying to be the same thing. The problem with lying is that I have often been found out.
I only lie as a last resort. I mean if there is no alternative because the truth is not acceptable. On the whole though, IТm quite honest. I think because I am quite honest, people are quite honest with me.
I donТt lie a lot. In fact I donТt even hold back on the truth a lot: IТm normally very Уup frontФ (honest) about things.
I normally lie to avoid hurting people. I also lie if there is something that I am supposed to do but I havenТt done it, for example, my homework! Other times when I lie are when I am allowed to do something. I think I lie much less than a lot of people but my parents think IТm the biggest liar in the world. Last summer I went to a huge outdoor festival. I wanted to wear my favourite trousers which are really tight. My mum said I wasnТt allowed to wear them because she didnТt want lots of guys to chat me up and flirt with me. I promised not to wear them but I took them with me and put them on later. Unfortunately, while I was at the festival, I picked up a leaflet about it and put it in my trouser pocket. I was stupid enough to leave it in there and my mother found it when she did the washing. She was furious. At least I donТt tell ridiculous lies. One of my friends told me recently that she is related to the royal family.
I donТt tell lies that hurt people. I just lie in conversation to annoy people as a joke or to humour people whose feeling I donТt want to hurt. Anyway when I tell major lies, I normally get found out very easily. Other people lie to me too. If I ask my eldest brother for a favour, he will invent an excuse why he canТt help me.
Everybody lies sometimes. I lie to keep myself out of trouble and so others donТt get hurt. I guess I lie to my family the most because I am with them a lot. I normally lie about really minor things. I deny eating all the ice cream or breaking the TV.
When I donТt want to get into trouble, I lie. However, just because IТve admitted that doesnТt mean that I lie any more than anyone else. People often lie to me when they are trying to sound УcoolФ. They exaggerate or pretend that they know what they are talking about. ItТs something that most people do. ItТs not really dishonest, itТs just that you donТt want to sound boring or look like an idiot.