Do you cheat? Do your friends? A 2015 ABC News poll of 12-17-year-olds reports that say 60% have friends who have cheated and 30% have cheated themselves. But just because something seems common, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Cheating is a temporary fix for a bigger problem, and it’ll catch up with you sooner or later.
Our best advice on cheating: don’t.
And here’s why:
- It’s stressful.
You know that sinking feeling when you’ve done something you know isn’t right, and you’re just waiting for someone to find out? Every time your teacher calls your name, or your mom or dad sounds upset, your heart will race and you’ll get those butterflies thinking they’ve finally found out. So not worth it.
- You’re robbing yourself.
What is the point of cheating? You learn nothing if you cheat, which means, when you apply for colleges—or later, for jobs—you won’t have any skills to show for all the time you spent in school.
- You’re stealing from others.
Cheating almost sounds like a nice term, when you think of what it actually means: lying and stealing. When you turn in a quiz you cheated on, you are lying to your teacher and stealing from a classmate who worked hard to learn the material and understand how to answer the questions correctly.
- Once you cheat, you’ll be stuck always having to cheat.
If you cheat on the first quiz, you will probably struggle on the second, because you haven’t studied the material that came before it. This means,you’ll probably keep feeling behind, and keep thinking you need to cheat to keep up. Additionally, tests and homework help test your understanding of knowledge. If you don’t give it your best shot early on, you won’t be able to figure out where you need more help and where you don’t.
- It’s pretty embarrassing, and a waste of time.
Here’s the thing: cheaters usually get caught, and when they do, it’s usually humiliating. The fact that you had to cheat tells your classmates you think you’re not smart enough and tells your teachers and parents that you’re just that lazy. Even worse, it’s kind of silly. Cheating can be more time-consuming than just doing the work in the first place!