Be especially wary of 12-year-old kids
Science shows that kids might need to lie:
Researchers have found that the ability to tell fibs at the age of two is a sign of a fast developing brain and means they are more likely to have successful lives.How prevalent is this lying?
They found that the more plausible the lie, the more quick witted they will be in later years and the better their ability to think on their feet.
At the age of two, 20 per cent of children will lie. This rises to 50 per cent by three and almost 90 per cent at four. The most deceitful age, they discovered, was 12, when almost every child tells lies.This is where the joke should be inserted about politicians acting like 12-year-olds, but it's a cheap shot, so I won't do it.
The tendency starts to fall away by the age of 16, when it is 70 per cent.
- Lying children will grow up to be successful citizens - The earlier a child starts telling convincing lies the more likely they are to be a success in later life, new research suggests. The Telegraph>>
- Dr. Kang Lee's Research Group, University of Toronto>>
- A tip of the hat to Momotaro for the link.