lying, Cheating and stealing

Topics: Lie, Sociology, Cheating Pages: 2 (590 words) Published: February 23, 2014

Herrmann
2/11/14
It’s OK: Lying, Cheating, and Stealing
American teenagers think it’s OK to lie, cheat, and steal. In the article, “American Teens Lie, Cheat, and Steal- and Think They’re Okay” by Chuck Colson, he writes about a survey given to high school students. The survey consisted of 62 questions and was given to 29,760 students. I believe this article is true. Teenagers think what they do is OK and not a problem, and don’t feel guilt for doing it. “64 percent admitted to cheating on at least one test…”

A Girl I knew came to school and start telling everyone what she did this past weekend. She went shopping with her friends. She continued to tell her friends that she stole a shirt. Her friends didn't tell her that what she did was wrong. They only asked "what store?" "How much was?" "It is it the one you're wearing?" And that shows that the survey was accurate. The article says, "thirty percent of those surveyed "admitted stealing from the store within the past year."" I agree that teens steal whether it's an expensive shirt or a pack of gum. They don't feel guilt from stealing anything.

Every time we take a test in class, the teacher says, “Keep your eyes on your own paper.” And we try to do that. But I think that students feel like they need to cheat to get an A. As students, we feel like a good grade is most important. “64 percent admitted to cheating on at least one test.” Even though everyone doesn’t cheat and some people aren’t trying to copy answers, some students like to check to see if someone else got what they got.

“Twenty-six percent even admitted that they lied on some of their survey.” I believe that everyone lies, and that it’s a part of human nature. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. It’s also not just our generation. Some lies aren’t a big deal, like, “Are you OK?” “Yes, I’m fine.” If the person just doesn’t feel like talking about what is wrong or they don’t want to talk to the person that asked. Those types of lies are...
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