– By Tami Bridges –
Ever been lied to by someone when they were speaking directly to you? Ever catch someone in a lie when you were talking face to face? When talking to someone in person, you may be able to sense by the way they’re talking or acting that they’re lying. On the internet however, lying comes easier than the truth. When hidden behind the screen, lies of your weight, height, age etc, aren’t a big deal. Why, though, do people have to lie about these things?
These days, it is hard to come across a single human being who doesn’t have a facebook, email, or some kind of chat room. With the tap of a key and the click of the mouse, you can be anyone you want to be. For the liar, it may be easy to carry on with the slander, but for the victim, the person they’re lying to, all trust is lost when the truth is revealed. What drives people to lie though? Andrew Thompson, 11th grader at NHS replies, “That person is probably insecure with who they are and them lying when no one knows is easier than saying the truth when they can’t see you anyway’’.
It may sound a little ridiculous to lie about something as little as religious views or your favorite television shows, but the desire to feel “in” or “popular” comes more easily to people these days. “These days you’re not as accepted if you’re different or if you even stand out a little,” says Merriee Averill. Judgemental: that may be the perfect word to describe today’s generation. The right shoes, clothes, music, and accessories. Not only materialistic items though. Facebook status’, comments said aloud, or simply by eavesdropping on someone’s conversation, people are so quick to judge. These alone are just some of the factors that lead to people lying on the internet.
When people try so hard to fit in, one lie leads quickly to another. Cassidy Jacobson, a 10th grader at NHS says, “People should not lie on the internet because when other people find out the truth they’re like ‘What the heck?’, and telling the truth would be easier than people finding out you lied”.
Lying on the internet is easier because of the protection of the screen. When it comes down to it though, the truth is always easier than keeping up with a trail of lies. Although lying may make you look cooler and such, there is always a better way. Dr. Seuss says, “Be who you are and say what you feel cuz those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
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