A study published in the journal Acta Psychologica claims to be the first to investigate lying behavior across all age groups. “Young adults – defined here as people aged 18 to 29 – are the most skilled liars,” writes Christian Jarrett at the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest blog, “while teens are the most prolific.”

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I’m a little disappointed with how they defined skill at lying, to me a good liar has to be able to come up with plausible excuses not just find it easy to not tell the truth, but I have no idea how one would design a study to measure that.