It's true! Aussies are honest people (Issue 14, 2011)

Lying

LyingA leading Melbourne newspaper recently reported research that proves Melburnians are generally an honest group of people, which gives even more reason to come study Down Under.

Social experiments with hidden cameras on the streets of Melbourne found most people were willing to return lost wallets, money dropped accidentally and incorrect change.

An Honesty Report, commissioned by the National Australia Bank (NAB), unearthed how often Australians confess to telling lies.

The national average equated to 140 lies a year – that's fewer than three a week. But some people claimed they told a staggering 150 lies a week.

The McCrindle Research suggests most Australians live by the golden rule of telling the truth, with nine in ten insisting they hardly ever lie.

Three-quarters said they would still be honest if it meant offending somebody, losing a friend or damaging their reputations.

Three in five have told the truth despite a bad situation – such as telling a friend their partner was having an affair, or owning up to banging a parked car – said an online survey of 1 200 people.

NAB's separate spy camera experiments, filmed for a new credit card promotion, found 91 per cent of Melburnians returned A$5 in extra change handed out at a coffee stand.

Most gave back the money even when the barista made rude and obnoxious comments about their fashion sense or drink of choice.

Ninety-five per cent of Melburnians returned dropped money to a stranger. This research demonstrates the friendly community spirit that Melbourne encompasses, and is a great reason why you should come check it out for yourself.

Also, if you are interested in finding out the reasons why humans lie and about human social behaviour and the origins, organisation, institutions and development of human society you can study at La Trobe University’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sociology qualifications allow you to explore social action and social and cultural differences, as well as develop skills in research, analysis, writing, argument and thinking.