Who Cheats and Why

A 2009 survey indicated that 51 percent of teenagers 17 or younger believe that cheating was necessary for success while only 10 percent of people older than 50 thought the same. Men are less honest than women.  Other traits that correlate with dishonesty, according to a 2013 study measured students’ propensity to lie to strangers include having divorced parents and majoring in business.

According to studies cheating makes us feel good.  The study’s authors called this effect the “cheater’s high”.