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Men tell more lies than women

19th May 2010

A poll commissioned by the Science Museum has found that men tell more lies than women and do not feel as remorseful about telling them.

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In the survey of 3,000 people in Britain, the researchers discovered that the male respondents told an average of three lies per day, compared to only two for the female respondents.

This meant that men told an average of 1,092 lies annually, in comparison to 728 told by women.

Mothers were the people with the highest chance of being lied to, with a quarter of men and a fifth of women admitting to telling their mother fibs.

Only one in 10 respondents said they had the same chance of lying to their partner.

The number one lie for men was "I didn't have that much to drink", followed by "Nothing's wrong, I'm fine" and "I had no signal".

Women's top lie in a list of ten was saying they were fine, with both sexes giving the lie "It's just what I always wanted" tenth place.

82% of women said lying made them feel guilty, compared to only 70% of men.

Katie Maggs, associate medical curator at the Science Museum, said scientists had not decided whether telling lies was caused by genetics, evolution or by how we were brought up.

"Lying may seem to be an unavoidable part of human nature but it's an important part of social interaction," she said.

 

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