June 23, 2008
8million Brits Are E-Fibbers ; Social Sites Sham
By Craig McDonald
EIGHT million Britons lie on social networking sites.Almost one in three people admit to telling porkies on their profile page, with personal interests the main area of fiction.
More than one in six say they have exaggerated their job title to sound more successful.
Almost one in five have even put up fake photos of themselves to impress the opposite sex.
While a minority claim they lie to keep their personal details private, more than one in five do it simply to make themselves seem more successful or to appear more attractive.
But the tactic can backfire. Some people say they have been found out or taken in by lies on websites, including Facebook, Bebo and MySpace.
Website www.realbuzz.com carried out the study.
Founder Tim Rogers said: "There is a difference between lying to be malicious and putting a bit of positive spin on your job and lifestyle.
"It's only natural to want to impress old friends or potential partners or employers. But uploading fake pictures to your profile page is taking it too far."
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