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The most educated, the biggest liar: Study

MNA Editorial Desk: A study has found that the honesty scores of those who did not complete secondary school was nearly twice than that of those with postgraduate degrees.

One theory is that more educated people may be better able to calculate the risks of being caught out lying, reported news agency.

Researchers of Middlesex University analyzed data on 6,000 people from deception tests used by psychologists. Generally, men told more fibs than women. But while age had no effect, education had a significant impact.

Postgraduates had the lowest honesty rating, followed by graduates. Next were people who had vocational training, then those who completed secondary education.

The highest honesty rating was scored by those who did not finish school. Especially, education had no effect on telling altruistic ‘white lies’ that benefit another person at a cost for the liar.

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