ON APRIL 1, there are so many high school students unusually wearing their
school uniforms on Yonsei campus. Are they students who visit Yonsei to have a
university tour? Actually, there weren't any high schoolers! They were Yonseians
enjoying April Fool's Day. On April Fool's Day, many people enjoy making fun of
others, regardless of age. This April Fool's Day of 2006 is coming up, so we at
The Yonsei Annals took a survey with 100 Yonseians about "lying", one of the
most essential elements in a good April Fool's Day prank.
we begin the survey in earnest, we first asked, How often do you deceive?
First-ranked response from 27 people was "once or twice per month." Next ranked
was "once or twice per week (23)." Wow, either Yonseians are honest beyond our
expectations or they are deceiving us. However, please don't believe all
Yonseians totally, because as many as 11 respondents said, "I can't count the
number of times I lie."
Next, we asked about Yonseians' childhood.
When asked What was your most frequently told lie? 32 people answered, "I'm late
because I have so much schoolwork to do!" Okay, you mean that you actually
didn't do anything regarding studying or schoolwork, but while you were playing
with your friends, time had gone by too quickly, right? If you told the truth to
your parents, you would have been punished, so you made up a little story like
that! The next common answer was "No, of course I didn't nod off! (16)" Indeed,
there are so much studying to be done for Korean students that children often
couldn't help but nod off to sleep while studying. To avoid scolding from their
mothers, many students denied their exhaustion. How pitiful our students
If you used to lie to avoid scolding from your parents and
teachers, why are you lying these days? When the Annals asked, When do you lie
usually? 28 Yonseians said, "when I want to hide my mistakes." We have always
been taught throughout whole our lives, "be honest when you make a mistake, then
you will certainly be forgiven." Nevertheless, we are always worried about the
bad things that may result, so unconsciously, we lie. But haven't you noticed
that when you don't tell the truth about your mistakes, you always found
yourself in more terrible situations than when you tell the truth, despite your
shame and fear? The solution to this problem is absolutely up to you!
Furthermore, psychologists advise us that, these days people do tell social lies
such as "let's have lunch sometime" and "let's have a shot" without sincerity.
In short, people usually use lies for their own convenience,
As time goes by, many things in society change, but there
are some eternal lies hiding in the mouths of all. So the Annals asked, What is
the best "all-time" lie? The two best all-time lies were ranked equally among
respondents. One was "I will eat like this until today, and then tomorrow I will
go on a diet (22)," the other all-time lie more for politicians was "I
don't know anything about that (22)."
If you are found out as a liar, how would
you handle the situation?
60% Tell the truth
16% Stay calm
What is the lie that you most want to
25% You became pretty and
Especially for women, the
first answer wins sympathy, during times when, they are on a diet and there are
too many delicious and tempting food available. As soon as you leave the front
gate of Yonsei, the street is lined with snack stalls and on Myung-mool Street
there is nothing except for restaurants and Hofs, so it is too hard to overcome
the desire for food. For them Shinchon is never of any help! As for the second
lie, it is obvious that we find most politicians always saying, "I don't know."
When I was young, it seemed that almost all politicians on television said only,
"I don't know." At first, I thought that politicians were bound by some law to
say that. Now, about fifteen years later, politicians are still saying it. Then,
where are those politicians who could say, "I know it?"
Sometimes we are taken in over and over by a perfect
lie, such as those spoken by politicians, but we also occasionally notice the
words are lies. The Annals asked, How can you sense that others are lying? The
top-ranked answer (48) was, "when a person stammers and uses too much
meaningless jargon." The second-ranked answer (30) is, "when a person has
trouble keeping constant eye-contact with me." So, if someone wants to tell a
perfect lie, you had better wear sunglasses to hide your true nature! Plus, the
psychologist Bella DePaulo, said that liars usually don't use the first
person-words, affective, cognitive or exclusive words.
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Since lying is also a kind of crime, it is
natural that you are embarrassed when you commit that "crime." Accordingly, you
have tried not to let others notice the difference between your words and your
actions. However, if you are found out as a liar despite your efforts to make a
perfect lie, how do you handle the situation? When asked, more than half of the
respondents (60) replied that they "tell the truth frankly." You guys are very
wise people. As the famous and long-time beloved saying states, "honesty is the
How can you sense that others are lying?
one uses too much meaningless jargon
30% When one has trouble
keeping constant eye-contact
What is the best all-time lie?
22% I don't know
anything about that
22% I will eat like this today, and will go
on a diet tomorrow
And finally, the Annals wants to know about the lie
that you most want to hear. The first-ranked answer was: "you became pretty or
gorgeous (25)." Yonseians are happy when they hear praise about their
appearance. The next answer was "you're hired! (21)" Oh, I can grasp the mood of
our Korean society. We are going through hard economical times. Almost every
day, the press tells us that it is getting harder to find a job even for highly
educated people. Yonseians are no exceptions. I hope that all Yonseians can get
jobs as soon as possible so that the words "you're hired" do not remain a lie.
The third ranked answer (19) was: "If you take this, you won't gain weight-no
matter how much you eat!" The last answer was "you are exempted from military
service (12)." For men, the military is the worst thing that everyone wants to
avoid as possible.
We have mentioned mainly lies told to others.
However, there is also a lie that you tell to yourself. For example, the senses
of inferiority make us think "I have no advantage over others." Please be frank
with yourself! Even a white lie could be a lethal poison that hurts your
personal development. In addition, as we observed above, sometimes we are
tempted to tell lies for virtuous reasons but I recommend you not to tell lies
that may deeply hurt others. On this April Fool's day, what about to tell a lie
which make others feel happy such as "for me, you are my best friend!"