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Men Lie More Than Women

Why Do You Lie?

Survey says: men lie more than women. The fact that men have an easier time doing so might explain this latest statistical finding from the British science museum.

Looking at the top lies each gender tells, it appears everyone uses dishonesty to avoid conflict. Men in the survey said they lie about their level of intoxication, their cell phone signal (can you hear me now?), and the size of their girlfriend's "bum," while "nothing's wrong, I'm fine" is the lie women most often tell.

The survey also found that women feel more guilty about lying, so if you're going to lie, I'd bet you'll try to justify it. Such justification can range from wanting to avoid hurting someone's feelings, getting out of an uncomfortable situation, gaining something you want, or avoiding a wide variety of other negative consequences. When you lie, what's your reason?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
And I lie about how many people I've slept with. Just by one though. There was booze involved... anyway no one needs to know.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I lie to my ex constantly... other than that, like post mod said to not hurt feelings about hanging out, to keep myself out of trouble, sometimes to random strangers for the hell of it (thanks for the idea Holden Caufield).
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
The only time I really lie is when I'm trying not to hurt someone's feelings about hanging out. Sometimes I just want to chill at home and watch crappy TV, so I'll lie and say I don't feel good or I have to wake up really early. Other than that, I'm pretty honest. I keep it real.
redjupe44 redjupe44 7 years
I lie to avoid hurt feelings, sometimes conflicts, but mostly to avoid extra anxiety (such as with my mom) when I know the outcome came out fine and everything is good, she doesn't need to know the little details..
easybreezy88 easybreezy88 7 years
I lie because even though he says if you were just honest and told me i prolly wouldnt be mad but any time i have done that I get in the same amount of bull crap that I would have if i had lied ... but I get to wait a little longer before it happens
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Generally, these days, I don't lie. I've learned to be more artful when it comes to conflict avoidance, coping with difficult situations, saving face (perhaps mine OR those of others), etc. I'm referring to the artful use of deflection, euphemisms, or simply remain silent (and let my expression do some talking). I find there is very little reason to lie. There are other means. JMHO.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
To avoid conflict, problems or even rejection. But Im not really good at lying big. I tell white lies, like "I was asleep when you called" instead of actually saying, "I didn't want to answer your call." lol.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
:D LOL, xgreenfairyx!! I lie to avoid conflict. I know, it's not the right thing to do, but I do it anyway. Conflict sucks, especially when the "conflict" is me being wrong and someone else yelling at me for it.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Cuz I can :-)
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I lie to avoid conflict the most. I hate arguing. My 2nd most popular reason to lie is to avoid explaining something to my idiot co-worker. Instead of explaining I just say "I don't know" when I really know and can't be bothered. It makes me feel evil but it preserves my sanity.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
So I don't get in trouble for stuff/save face. That's pretty much the only reason...I don't lie a lot. And when I lie and say "nothing is wrong, I'm fine" I am sending a signal (obvious) to my boyfriend that something is wrong, and he should pry so I can tell him. I wouldn't consider that a lie; it's just an annoying tactic girls use to annoy the hell out of boys.
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