If I were to ask you if you lie, what would you say?
No? Sometimes? It depends on the situation?
The truth is that everyone has lied. Anyone who claims never to have lied is, in fact, lying. There is a perceived difference, however, between telling little “white” lies and being an out-and-out liar.
Lying happens for a variety of reasons and in certain circumstances can actually be seen as an accepted form of social interaction. Consider the friend who asks, “Don’t you like my new car?” You can say, “No, I don’t. It’s ugly and you paid way too much,” but what would that do? It won’t change their purchase, it won’t bring you closer and, in all likelihood, will hurt your friend's feelings unnecessarily. So you fib and say, “Yeah! It’s great!”