What would be really interesting in this respect would be an examination of cultural attitudes to lying
Our culture dislikes lieing, probably based on its Christian past - or maybe even earlier than that. Though its interesting to note that the French have for a long time considered the English (or maybe all British) to be the "perfidious anglais".
During my time in Thailand (most of 1997 - 2009), it seems that low-level lies were constant. It took me ages to work out why. After a whiule I realized that lieing was being used to "save face" - the most important thing of all to them (& many other easterners too). So lies were useful, & regarded as such to save, particularly, an important person's face. That is: either saving the face of the person who was being addressed - if he/she was more important than the speaker. Or to save the speaker's face in the presence of someone who was less important than themselves. And to buttress this there was another important factor to consider - who was more important? This was so central that the beginning of a meeting between 2 Thais would deal with this. A brief but elaborate discussionn would work out who had the higher status or rank (usually in wealth-terms), & then everything afterwards would be predictable - & therefore safe & OK. If the 'junior' person accepted this & palyed the game, they would be treated as acceptable by the higher status person. But if the junior person challenged the 'senior' person, then the senior person would be offended - another thing that was meant to be avoided at all costs. And the junior person would then be treated as a 'bad person'. So in that sense it was circular, & therefore a self-contained & self-reinforcing system.
It took ages for me to work this out, & was the probable reason I & many other westerners unintentionally offended the occasional Thai, & why they - especially the high status ones (but not the junior ones - ie those who considered I had more status than them even though I was a foreighner, & therefore potentially of low status) quite frequently at least offended me. And at times annoyed me very much. Some of this face-saving ethos appears in other parts of Asia, especially South & Far East Asia (eg the Chinese government during trade negotiations, & N Korea's histrionics when its policies are criticised) - though Thailand is often said to be where it is at its most extreme. But this phenomenon can also be seen to a degree in the Middle East & Africa too.
So in summary: lieing, in Thailand at least, is used to help keep the peace. While to us, lieing endangers the peace! Watchet