Does confronting your true intentions after the fact constitute lying?
For example, some girl convinces her parents to buy a new laptop. In doing so, she emphasizes all of its features and how they’d be useful for school.
Months after the fact, reflecting on the matter, she discerns that the features weren’t really her true motivation. She really just wanted the brand name for its own sake and couldn’t have cared less about what the laptop did.
This realization comes after the fact, though. In the moment, she didn’t harbor any plans to “play up a point” or to conceal any ulterior motives.
Is this lying? On the one hand, it appears to be lying because those weren’t her true motives. It seems like she got the laptop under false pretenses in that case. Then again, the fact that her true motives become clear to her only months after the fact suggest it isn’t.