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The Prevalence of Lying in America: Three Studies of Self-Reported Lies. Kim B. Serota. Human Communication Research

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Researchers Kim B. Serota, Timothy R. Levine, and Franklin J. Boster of Michigan State University examined the distribution of lying in a fascinating study of 1,000 U.S adults, in 2010. They found that 6 in 10 people reported telling no lies, while almost 50 percent of all lies are told by only 5 percent of subjects. As they note in their report, drawing conclusions of the lying behavior of the general population are questionable since it seems that the “prevalence [of lying] varies widely and most reported lies are told by a few prolific liars.”