The Top 10 Lies Men Tell in a Relationship

September 15, 2009

A new survey shows that every day the average male in a relationship tells a whole bunch of lies. The good news is that women have absolutely no idea if it’s a lie (and that’s no lie).

According to a recent poll, the average man lies 42 times a week to their partners, boss, and work colleagues. That works out to be six bald-faced lies a day. In comparison, the survey showed that women only lied on average three times a day. The poll surveyed 2,000 people and was carried out by 20th Century Fox for the DVD launch of Lie to Me in the United Kingdom.

The most widespread lie told by both males and females was: “Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine,” which is a pretty innocent white lie. Common lies told by men include telling their girlfriend they’ll be home after one more drink (who hasn’t done that?) or saying her butt doesn’t look too big (again, guilty). Women commonly fibbed about making big purchases, saying things like: “Oh, this isn't new; I've had it ages’ or “It wasn't that expensive.” The most common lie told at work was “Nice to see you again.” So next time Rhonda from accounting says that, you know she’s lying.

According to the poll, these are the most common lies told by men and women:

The Top Ten Lies Men Tell:

1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
2. This will be my last drink
3. No, your bum doesn't look big in that
4. I had no signal
5. My battery died
6. Sorry, I missed your call
7. I didn't have that much to drink
8. I'm on my way
9. It wasn't that expensive
10. I'm stuck in traffic

The Top Ten Lies Women Tell

1. Nothing's wrong, I'm fine
2. Oh, this isn't new, I've had it ages
3. It wasn't that expensive
4. It was in the sale
5. I'm on my way
6. I don't know where it is, I haven't touched it
7. I didn't have that much to drink
8. I've got a headache
9. No, I didn't throw it away
10. Sorry, I missed your call

The most interesting part of the survey was that 83 percent of adults said they “could easily tell if their partner was lying.” This turn out to be a fallacy. According to body language expert Richard Newman, most people cannot read the signals that someone is lying. He says most people “assume that if someone is hiding the truth, they would hide their face and avoid eye contact. In fact, the opposite is true. Liars usually do everything they can to convince you of the truth, sitting still, and looking at you to watch your reaction. People simply overestimate their skills in this area.”

This lying business is tricky. It may just be simpler to tell the truth. Now that’s a lie.

What lies do you tell the most?

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