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Young people aren’t nearly as concerned about lying

A recent YouGov poll asked British adults whether or not the Ten Commandments were, you know, commanding anymore.

While many of the results were striking, it was the responses over ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour’ that, in the age of fake news and internet anonymity, caught our eye.

The survey translated the commandment this way: ‘You shall not bear false witness against (tell lies about) other people.’

And while 93% of the over-65 crowd answered that it’s ‘an important principle to live by,’ only 78% of 18 to 25 year olds agreed. A further 13% of young people just weren’t sure one way or another.

Is it a sign that this generation doesn’t value truth the same way previous generations did? Or is respect for truth the kind of value that grows more important as you get older? Are we witnessing a generational discrepancy, or the beginnings of a wider cultural shift?

Among the same age cohort, one in ten respondents said they “don’t know” if ‘you shall not commit murder’ is an important principle. So either way, it’s probably wise to pay attention.