Japanese Internet debates sure-fire way to catch a cheating lover and/or make them hate you

Video claims “just a single question” is all it takes to catch an unfaithful boyfriend or girlfriend in a lie, but it may have other consequences.

At times, Japan may feel like a country of limitless romance. It’s a country where there’s a wedding chapel offering a Final Fantasy ceremony, and even a luckless Internet writer can find love in the most unorthodox way.

And yet, just like in any country where two people can fall in love, sometimes one of those people decides they’d like to get a little loving on the side, as surveys have shown. So with the possibility of infidelity being part of playing the game of love in Japan, a recent video from Japanese Twitter user @xOTSK has been getting attention, because he claims to know a way to find out if your partner has been cheating on you “with just a single question” (though it actually ends up being two questions).

嘘の見抜き方 これ見たあとに何人かに試したらまじで言えなくなってた🤔💭 騙されたと思って1回見てみてほしい。 浮気とかこれ1発でバレるぞ…… https://t.co/NH98G2fJ6p


乙坂 (@xOTSK) January 08, 2019

Technically, it’s a technique to see if someone is lying, but he says it’s especially useful in tripping up cheaters who’re trying to feed you a feast of falsehoods. “Try this out when you’re thinking ‘I think my lover cheated on me yesterday,’” he says, before going into the method’s specifics:

First, ask ‘What did you do yesterday?’ Have them tell you the specifics. ‘What did you eat for breakfast?’ ‘How did you get to where you went?’ ‘Who did you see?’ ‘What did you talk about?’

They might answer something like ‘I had toast for breakfast, then I walked to the station and met up with so-and-so. We took the train to Shibuya and sang karaoke, then we went shopping at the 109 department store and ate dinner at a casual restaurant, and then I went home.’ And that’s the moment when you can expose their lies! There’s a single, all-powerful question you hit them with then.”

So what’s @xOTSK’s sure-fire lie-detector question?

“Ask them, ‘OK, now can you say all that in reverse?’”

@xOTSK’s logic is that when people lie, they’re making things up, and when they have to lie repeatedly in succession, they start using all of their mental capacity thinking of the next lie. That plays havoc with their short-term memory regarding the lies they’ve already said, and so when they suddenly have to shift into reverse and repeat their made-up story from end to beginning, they can’t remember, or to put it more accurately,

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