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Children of the 80s and 90s 'lie about their youth'

Published 28/07/2015 | 09:06

Among the porky pies told by children of the 80s and 90s was that they had gone to Glastonbury
Among the porky pies told by children of the 80s and 90s was that they had gone to Glastonbury

Parents who grew up in 80s and 90s admit to fictionalising elements of their youth to appear "more interesting", a survey has found.

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Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Britons aged between 35 and 50 have lied about their pasts, with almost one-third (30%) saying they do so to appeal to younger people.

The study, commissioned by Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, found 55% falsely claimed to have joined a youth sub-culture movement such as punk or new romantic, while 42% lied about going to Glastonbury festival or holidaying in Ibiza.

Others included telling tall tales about attending historic events - such as LiveAid - as well as taking part in anti-Government protests.

The survey asked 2,000 British parents how much they remember from their pasts - and how much was put down to exaggeration.

The results reveal many look back wearing rose-tinted spectacles, with 85% agreeing with the old adage that good stories get better with age.

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