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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Men tell more lies than women: Survey

It seems lying is an integral part of our lives and men do this nearly three times every day compared to around twice a day for women.

On average a male tells 1,092 lies annually while a female comes out with 728 fibs a year, according to a new survey of 3,000 adults by Market researchers OnePoll.

According to the survey, men are less likely to suffer a guilty conscience for lying than the typical woman, the Telegraph reported.

While 82 per cent of females questioned said telling a lie ate away at their conscience, only 70 per cent of men confessed to pangs of guilt, it found.

And while men said their lies were most likely to relate to their drinking habits, the most popular female falsehood is: "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine".

The findings also suggested that people are most likely to spin a yarn to their mothers with 25 per cent of men and 20 per cent of women admitting to this.

While some 75 per cent of people polled agreed it was "ok" to fib to save someone's feelings, only 10 per cent or respondents said they were likely to deceive their partners.

"Lying may seem to be an unavoidable part of human nature but it's an important part of social interaction," said Katie Maggs, associate medical curator at the Science Museum in London, which commissioned the study.

"The jury is still out as to whether human quirks like lying are the result of our genes, evolution or our upbringing."

The study showed almost one fifth of people believe lie detection is acceptable to use in everyday life, with more than one in 10 saying it was acceptable in the workplace.

Meanwhile, three-quarters of people felt the process was "fine to use" only in criminal cases.

Maggs added: "Only a few people appear to accurately detect when someone is lying, but high-tech developers today are working on creating more accurate technology.

"Whether we will soon be using accurate lie detectors in the home or at work is hard to say, but it won't be long before this technology is readily available."

Some of lies men often tell their partners include "I had no signal", "I'm on my way", "I'm stuck in traffic", "Sorry, I missed your call", "You've lost weight" and "It's just what I've always wanted".

Similarly, "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine", "I don't know where it is", "I haven't touched it, "It wasn't that expensive" and "I've got a headache" are some of the lies mostly spoken by women.

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