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multiple8-Jan-2018sex/relationshipsElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator by votes12154.2%


If you're not married or not in a relationship and someone you're not interested in was constantly hitting on you, would you lie to him/her and say you're married or in a relationship just as a polite way of getting him/her off your back?

2I don't know
1I have something else to say (OTHER).

posted 8-Jan-2018 7:34am  
Even relatively kind lies have a habit of backfiring badly. I gave up lying about a quarter of a century ago, even white lies, that are not intrinsically hurtful in intent: but as I see it, the end results can be. So no, I'd try and be honest, although I hate being in a position of hurting people, it's not easy.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 8-Jan-2018 2:06pm  
It depends on the situation. A lie might work at warding off unwanted attention from a stranger who you are unlikely to meet again. It wouldn't work so well (and could back-fire) if it was a work colleague or acquaintance. The truth is usually the way to go.
posted 9-Jan-2018 7:44am  
It's hard to say because I can't imagine this ever happening to me. But, I think I wouldn't lie in that way. I might say something more like, "I'm just not in interested or capable of being in a relationship right now." and leave off the ("...with you") part.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 9-Jan-2018 2:17pm  
Probably, as long as it was still an option (i.e., the person didn't already know the truth).
ElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 9-Jan-2018 8:48pm  
I would likely be a little more truthful and tell her I'm not ready for a commitment right now.
ElvisFan67 Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Biggles) posted 9-Jan-2018 8:53pm  
I agree--especially with the backfiring part. If it was someone you see every day and you lie to them, sooner or later they will find out the truth.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 10-Jan-2018 9:07pm  
No, but I don't even think telling someone you are married is guaranteed to get them to back off.
jen Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 11-Jan-2018 10:34am  
I would hope that "Please stop" would be enough. If it wasn't, the person is best avoided.

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