The Scientific Reason Everybody Lies

It's not just humans, either.

Even though we can all agree that it's wrong and awful, lying is a part of life we all have to deal with. Whether it's a little fib or a massive, life-changing secret, everybody has times when they're not completely truthful. 

But how did lying get to be such a prominent behavior in human culture? Though it may not be socially acceptable, it's a pretty sophisticated evolutionary advantage.

We live in cooperative, social groups, and a little bit of deceit can allow someone to take advantage of that system. In short, lying can help people get what they want while putting in minimal effort for other people. 

Of course, just because lying might be able to bring temporary advantages doesn't mean it's something anyone should be encouraged to do. If a liar gets caught, they don't just ruin the current opportunity. The liar can also get a bad reputation, preventing opportunities in the future as well. 


Believe it or not, though, lying isn't all bad. 

Sure, nobody should feel good about lying to others and it definitely doesn't feel great to be lied to, but having the ability to lie is pretty fascinating, neurologically speaking. When kids are the ones doing the lying, it gets even more intriguing. 

Listen to DNews explain the science of lying here:

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