Men are bigger liars than women

Men are more likely to tell lies
than women and feel less guilty about it, says a survey.

In a poll of 3,000 people,
researchers found that the average British man tells three lies every day,
that’s equivalent to 1,092 a year.

However the average woman appears
more honest, lying 728 times a year – around twice a day.

Mums are the people mostly likely
to be lied to, says the Science Museum who commissioned the survey.

Twenty-five per cent of men say
they’ve lied to their mother, but only 20 per cent of women admit to having
lied to their mum.

In comparison, only 10 per cent of
people said they are likely to lie to their partner.

Concerning the kind of lies we
tell, men said that they most often lie to their partner about their drinking
habits. “I didn’t have that much to drink” is men’s most popular fib.

Whereas women use the line,
“Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine” most often to hide their true feelings.

“It’s just what I’ve always
wanted” is the tenth most likely lie to be told to a loved one by either
men or women, suggesting that men and women are quite discerning when it comes
to buying presents for each other.

Women are most likely to feel
guilty after telling a lie. Eighty-two per cent say it eats away at their conscience,
compared to just 70 per cent of men.

Is there such a thing as an
acceptable lie? Eighty-four per cent of people think there is. Three quarters
of those surveyed believe it’s alright to fib if it’s to save someone’s
feelings.

When it comes to the quality of the
lie, 55 per cent of Brits think women are the better liars, even though they
tell fewer lies.

MEN’S TOP 10 LIES

1.
I didn’t have that much to drink

2.
Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine

3.
I had no signal

4.
It wasn’t that expensive

5.
I’m on my way

6.
I’m stuck in traffic

7.
No, your bum doesn’t look big in that

8.
Sorry, I missed your call

9.
You’ve lost weight

10.
It’s just what I’ve always wanted

WOMEN’S TOP 10 LIES

1.
Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine

2.
I don’t know where it is, I haven’t touched it

3.
It wasn’t that expensive

4.
I didn’t have that much to drink

5.
I’ve got a headache

6.
It was in the sale

7.
I’m on my way

8.
Oh, I’ve had this ages

9.
No, I didn’t throw it away

10.
It’s just what I’ve always wanted

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Men tell twice as many lies, according to a survey.
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