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But would you lie to me……?

Continuing our exploration of lying, who do you think lies more often – men or women? One lies 50% more often than the other, so which way round would you expect it to be?

On average, British men lie three times each day (or 1,092 times each year) compared to twice a day (or 728 times a year) for British women. Is that what you expected? According to some research carried out by the Science Museum of London in 2010, Mums are the people most likely to be lied to by over 18 year olds, with 20% of men and 25% of women confessing to lying to theirs.

So who is the better liar? The majority of people surveyed (55%) believe that women are better at lying than men. And more than two thirds of people feel that women are better at detecting when they are being lied to. This may well be the case too, as the female brain and eye have evolved in ways which tend to notice details. They typically notice when things are different, when things are not right and when things do not seem to quite ‘add up’. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…!

Some of the greatest differences between the genders appear when you look at frequency with which we tell certain lies to our partners. Now, this is not a checklist for the health of your relationship, but the result of some research – please remember that as you read through the following findings!

Top ten lies men tell to their partner:

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


Top ten lies women tell their partner:

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


Whatever else we may disagree about or deceive ourselves over, the next time someone, of either gender, says “Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine”, the chances are they are lying.