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News Flash: Women Have a Hard Time Keeping Secrets

A new British study finds that about four in 10 women cannot keep a secret no matter how confidential the subject. What really surprised the researchers was the speed with which the confidantes spilled the beans: in less than 48 hours!

The study, which was commissioned by the UK Director of Wines of Chile (?!), involved 3,000 women between the ages of 18 and 65. The most common recipients of their secrets? Boyfriends, husbands, best friends, and their mothers.

I think there may be something to this last bit of information. I recently told a friend a secret, and she said, "I won't even tell my husband," which made me pause. I wonder if women tell themselves that those people don't count, whereas telling a co-worker, for example, would count. Do you have a hard time keeping secrets? If you're curious about some of the research's other fascinating (if not surprising) findings on women and secrets,

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  • Women hear an average of three items of gossip a week.
  • Three in 10 women have "the urge" to reveal secrets.
  • Two-thirds of women felt guilty after revealing a secret.
  • More than four in 10 women think it's OK to tell a friend's secret with someone who doesn't know them.
  • 83 percent of women consider themselves 100 percent trustworthy.
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