In case you missed the memo, little white lies = BAD, BAD, BAD, people!
A-yup, according to new research out of University College London, telling seemingly harmless fibs desensitises our brains to dishonesty, propelling us to spout more significant lies in the future.
And that, reader friends, is not great for your relationships.
Just ask Bustle’s ~relationship experts~ (a cool job I will definitely never be qualified for), who identified six little lies that could be tearing you and your partner apart.
1. ‘I want kids.’
If you’re unsure on whether you see kids in your future or not, be upfront with your partner about it.
One of our team members, for example, is beginning to stress that her little white lie is about to cause one very, very big problem.
“I’ve lied about how open I am to having kids,” she told me. “I’m really worried what’s going to happen when push comes to shove and he wants to start trying.”
2. 'I came.'
But did you? Did you reaaaaaaally?
"I say if you’re not really feeling it, then be honest," author and dating expert Abiola Abrams told Gurl.com. "By faking it, you’re just cheating yourself out of real pleasure."
If you're unsatisfied in the bedroom, and your partner has no idea, it doesn't give them a chance to rectify whatever's not quite working, Abrams added.
"You see, instead of putting your energy into a big show, you could be spending that time and effort showing your partner what you really like."
3. 'I don't have money issues.'
It turns out that money problems are a bigger relationship dealbreaker than cheating. So, if you're hiding a heap of credit card debt, it's probably time to air your skeletons, lady!
Concealing debt, wayward spending habits, or inflating your salary will lead to mammoth headaches down the track. Just be honest about your financial position from the get-go to avoid your partner getting a nasty surprise.