Is dishonesty ever the best policy? Maybe, says Kansas State U. doctoral student Rod Vogl. After two years of research on college students' lying habits (studies say students lie 38 percent of the time in social settings), Vogl determined that they often lie to protect others' feelings. "People aren't ready for too much brutal honesty," he says.

Southern Utah U. senior Jeff Schwartz agrees. "You run into the typical 'Do I look fat in this dress?' There are some things you should keep to yourself."

But students don't always fib in the best interest of others. Vogl's test subjects told creditors the check was in the mail (it wasn't), told parents they got a good grade on a test (they bombed) and one guy even "found" his girlfriend's cat run over (he did it). Most without a hitch.

Seth Dwyer-Frazier, a junior at the U. of Rhode Island, says fibs can actually save lives. "So many of us are forced to live together, if we didn't start lying we'd start killing each other," he says.

And that's the honest-to-God truth.

By Scott Aldis, Kansas State Collegian/Photo by Josh Haner, Stanford U.

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