People will say ‘just about anything’ to make them look better to an attractive stranger if they think sex is on the cards, study says

Adults will say anything on dates if they think there is a chance of sex — including fibbing about the number of previous partners they have had — a study found.

The process might be unconscious, but researchers say that having sex on the brain really does influence how we present ourselves to attractive strangers.

This can manifest as appearing to change attitudes or agreeing with statements one would normally oppose in what psychologists dub ‘deceptive self-presentation’.

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