Women consistently lie on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter to make their lives appear more exciting, a survey has found.
Researchers found that at least one in four women exaggerated or distorted what they are doing on social media once a month.
The survey of 2000 women found they mostly pretended to be out on the town, when in fact they are home alone, and embellished about an exotic holiday or their job.
The most common reasons for women to write “fibs” included worrying their lives would seem “boring,” jealousy at seeing other people’s more exciting posts and wanting to impress their friends and acquaintances.
Psychologists suggested that as people attempt to “stay connected” on social media, they can in fact “paradoxically” be left “more isolated.”
They also said that the “more we try to make our lives seem perfect, the less perfect we feel.”
1. embellish v.
美化；裝飾 (mei3 hua4; zhuang1 shi4)
例: What artworks would you choose to embellish your new home?
2. fib n.
小謊 (xiao2 huang3)
例: Stop telling such silly fibs.
3. acquaintance n.
熟人；認識 (shou2 ren2; ren4 shi4)
例: It was at the Taylors’ party that I first made his acquaintance.