One in ten Brits have lied about their salary at a dinner party

July 5, 2018

Owning a second property abroad, having penned a novel, and having been in a band are just some of the ludicrous tales told by Brits at dinner parties.


A new study has revealed as many as one in ten Brits have exaggerated their salary at a dinner party. Meanwhile, 11% have embellished the places they have travelled and 8% have over egged their literary knowledge.

Other exaggerations Brits frequently wheel out to impress fellow guests at “spinner parties” include job titles, foodie credentials and even the value of property they own.


The webs we weave

But when it comes to getting caught out, a brazen 86% said they usually get away with it, however a red-faced 14% said they were caught out when their child or other half gave the game away.

More than one in ten has lied when it comes to qualifications and 7% have spun the tale that they can speak another language, according to the survey by online furniture company Swoon.

The research revealed one in five blames nerves over meeting new people for exaggerating, but 14% said they were prone to embellishing the truth after a few drinks.

One in five people stretch the truth to impress a new crowd and one in ten said it was purely to ‘keep up with the Jones’.


Saving face

Psychologist Dr Becky Spelman said: “The tendency to ‘show off’ is ingrained in human beings and is largely an unconscious effort to establish a pecking order. Just as in the natural world, animals do all sorts of things do make themselves look bigger and more impressive than they really are.”

“This is a natural trait that has evolved through sexual selection because the animals that manage to convince potential mates that they’ve got it all going on are the most successful, and the most likely to leave a large number of offspring to carry on the boastful genes.

“Many of us are anxious that we don’t measure up to the other people in our social circle and after a few glasses of wine it can be very easy to turn our college anecdotes about inter-railing into a tale of derring-do worthy of Indiana Jones.”

“Women and men alike are prone to this sort of behaviour, although traditional default gender roles can influence the sort of things they brag about, with men more likely to show off and exaggerate how much money they earn, and women are more likely to inflate their postcode or value of property.”


Off limits

A third of respondents agreed that ex-partners should never be discussed at dinner parties and four in ten said politics should be avoided at all costs. Some 42% avoid conversations about religion and 35% felt sex was an uncouth topic to discuss around the table.

Three in ten said the atmosphere always turned sour when Brexit was discussed, and 23% said debates about the death penalty, breastfeeding and veganism were off limits.


Making a good impression

Six in ten said they often become obsessed with creating a good environment when they are due to host a dinner party.

In fact, the research showed the average Brit spends £79 on food and drink each month (that’s £936 each year) for entertaining and we also splash out a further £388 a year on soft furnishings and home décor to spruce the house up when guests are due.

Noel Eves, CMO of Swoon, which commissioned the study said: ”We know that our customers are obsessed with the finer details of their homes and making a statement, and the survey results highlight the lengths that they’ll go to in order to impress their guests.’’

Most Likely Topics to Exaggerate at a Dinner Party:

  • Film knowledge
  • Your qualifications
  • Where you have holidayed
  • Your salary
  • Literary knowledge
  • Your partners job title
  • The car you are planning to buy
  • Being able to speak a foreign language
  • Your wine knowledge
  • Home renovations
  • Having a famous friends
  • Your foodie credentials
  • Where you bought your furniture from
  • The value of your property / properties
  • Your singing ability
  • Your child’s exam results
  • You write a blog
  • Your child’s sporting triumphs
  • You are writing a book or poetry
  • Your postcode
  • You have a second home abroad
  • Being in a band in your youth
  • Your share portfolio
  • Knowing / being related to a distant Royal


SOURCE: ResponseSource



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