You Tell Dumb Lies To Fit In
Even if you're the world's best person, you've probably told a lie in the last few hours. Parents tell their kids that the goldfish is sleeping. A friend tells you that they think your short story has potential. The doctor tells you his hands aren't cold. Sometimes we just say shit to move the narrative along because it's easier. And sometimes we do it to take advantage, to defraud, to destroy, to all kinds of D words. And sometimes we're just dumb -- also a D word.
In one study, 46 percent of people are aged 18-49 admitted to lying about watching a TV show. That is arguably one of the most vacuous things a human could possibly lie about, ranking up there with lying about your favorite color or whether or not you pissed in a neighbor's mailbox. So why would anyone lie and say they watched Game Of Thrones when they hadn't? Fear of being ostracized. You want to fit in with a group, so if everyone loves Young Sheldon, you pretend the bile isn't simmering in the back of your throat .
For the most staggering case of completely unhinged lies that you'll ever see, we need only to travel to a steakhouse. Anyone who's ever enjoyed that sweet, nourishing flesh of the beast knows that you can typically order a steak cooked in about five different ways: rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well. Donald Trump famously got raked over those delicious steak-charring coals for liking his steak well-done and with ketchup. Fool, they said! Heretic of beef!
But then looky here at some top-shelf investigative reporting from FiveThirtyEight. With the data to back them up from Longhorn Steakhouse, they concluded that while the majority of people say they like to order their steak medium rare, a year's worth of orders from 491 steakhouses concluded that medium is far and away the most popular way to order a steak, followed by medium well. Well-done steaks represent 11 percent of all steak orders, and all told, nearly 75 percent of orders are for medium or more done. People like their damn meat cooked -- they just don't want to admit it, because food snobs have screeched that this is the "wrong" way to enjoy that particular food. So to avoid being classified as a beef-abusing simpleton, people happily lie about how much cow blood they enjoy on their plates. Somewhat related to this ...
Groupthink Forces Us To Lie In Unison
We like to think that the average person, if given the choice, would not sneak poison into your coffee even if your nemesis offered them $500 to do it. But put that average person into a large corporation and give them the chance to secretly poison a community's groundwater in order to save a trivial amount on waste disposal, and suddenly all of those good people will combine to create a lying piece of shit hivemind.