It’s totally understandable if you want to make a good impression at a social gathering, but it seems a lot of people feel such pressure to impress that they wind up exaggerating things a bit.
A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds:
- Half of respondents say they’ve exaggerated details of their life at a dinner party, including things like salary, job description and more.
- 30% admit to being competitive at parties, trying to make themselves look financially better off than other guests, or even the hosts.
- The top things partygoers will exaggerate about include:
- Job role
- Travelling experiences
- The amount of exercise they do
- Dating life
- Cooking skills
- Past careers
- Films they’ve seen
- Baking skills
- How happy their marriage/relationship is
- Of course it doesn’t always work, with 20% of people saying they’ve called someone out for trying to one-up everyone else at a party.
- Most people say they are more likely to exaggerate their achievements around new people so they won’t get caught.
- 43% say they do it to try and fit in with their crowd.
- 40% say the do it to appear more interesting than they really are.
Source: SWNS Digital