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How often do you tell lies?

In the battle of the sexes, it’s the male species that comes out on top when it comes to telling lies. According to new research conducted by BMW Financial Services, the average male tells three fibs a day, adding up to a whopping 1,092 porkies over the course of a year. Women, on the other hand, seem to be more honest, telling on average just two lies a day.

However, women proved more likely to tell a lie when faced with certain situations, including their shopping habits. Of the women surveyed, 39% admitted they felt the need to lie about their latest shopping purchases, whereas just 26% of men do the same.

Women are also more inclined to lie in order to avoid unwanted phone calls, with 50% pretending to be busier than they really are. Just over a third of men admitted to this behaviour.

The research indicated that many opt to tell lies simply in order to make life a little easier. Twenty per cent of responders felt that lying to a boss about pulling a ‘sickie’ was acceptable, and 13% believe it’s not harmful to lie to a partner about an affair. However, some are more motivated by the need to save money, with a quarter of drivers admitting to lying during their car insurance application in order to get a better deal.

So, seeing as we all do it, is lying ok, or should we strive to lead an honest life? Speaking to the Express, Karen Pine, a professor of developmental psychology, said she believes we should all brush up on our skills as the art of lying is in fact a vital characteristic of human beings.

‘We think lying is bad, but actually the ability to deceive others has helped humans survive as a species,’ she said.


1. I didn’t have that much to drink
2. Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine
3. I had no phone signal
4. It wasn’t that expensive
5. I’m on my way


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

What about you? Do you tell lies? Do you feel bad about them? Or are you more motivated by honesty?

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