It's Official – Men Are More Dishonest Than Women, a Study by Revealed Yesterday

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A study has shown that men, who lie to win an argument or save themselves money, are more dishonest than women, who mainly lie to avoid hurting people's feelings.

Lying on your CV or in a job interview, or when talking to insurance companies can have a serious effects long term.

It official – men are more dishonest than women, a study revealed yesterday.

Researchers found that blokes admit to stretching the truth or even outright lying, more often than women. While women avoid being honest to save someone’s feelings, men tend to fib to save them money or win an argument. Men are also more likely to be deceitful to get someone else out of trouble, get them something they want or make them sound more interesting or better than they really are.

It also emerged that Brits are most likely to lie by saying ‘I’m fine’ when they aren’t, pretending to like a gift and lying about how much something cost.

Michael Ward, managing director of financial comparison site, which commissioned the research, said: ‘’I’m sure almost everyone is guilty of stretching the truth once in a while, but it seems men are more prone to this than women.

And it’s interesting to see that while women are most likely to be dishonest to spare someone hurt or upset, men are usually fibbing to save themselves in some way. White lies or fibs are harmless and will rarely have major consequences other than perhaps a little embarrassment if the truth ever were to come out.

There are some things you should always be honest about to avoid a major issues or disappointments further down the line. Lying on your CV or in a job interview, or when talking to insurance companies can have a serious effects long term and could result in you losing your job or money if the truth is discovered further down the line.’’

The study of 2,000 Brits found that six in ten Brits consider themselves to be a ‘very’ honest person, with another 38 per cent saying they usually tell the truth. However, Men are the less honest sex with the average man fibbing, or avoiding having to tell the truth three times a week - or 208 times a year. In comparison, women stretch the truth three times a week, or just 156 times a year.

Saying ‘I’m fine’ when they are actually far from it, is the most common fib Brits will tell, followed by saying they like a gift, how much something cost and how ill they really are. Other untruths include ones relating to finances, not mentioning it when you have been undercharged and complimenting food you don’t like. Telling someone they look good in an outfit which doesn’t really suit them, how much alcohol you have had to drink and being given too much change but keeping quiet about it completed the top ten.

Brits also admitted to lying in job interviews, on a CV, when dealing with insurance claims or applications, pretending to have sent an email or letter when they haven’t and where, or who they’ve been with. Other whoppers to feature in the top 25 include how old you are and whether you are a smoker.

But almost half of adults admit they have been caught out when not telling the truth – usually by their partner, parents or their boss. 42 per cent say being dishonest has got them into trouble with 27 per cent even admitting they lost friends over it. Others said they were never trusted by that person again, lost their job or relationship or struggled to get an insurance claim paid out.

It also emerged that 17 per cent of Brits have lied to or misled insurance companies in order to get cover or while making a claim, with 25 per cent of those admitting they completely lied on their application. Another 26 per cent weren’t completely honest about something they know would have affected their premium or claim pay-out with 22 per cent lying about how much things are worth.'s Michael Ward added: ‘’However you want to describe it - lying, stretching the truth or hiding the truth – there are some occasions where not being completely honest can have a huge effect.

‘’When applying for insurance, if you don’t declare something you know could affect your cover, or even lie about something completely, you could find that when the time comes for you to make a claim on that insurance, you are left to foot the bill yourself. Not being completely honest might save you a few pounds here and there on your premium, but you could lose much more than you save if you are caught out.’’

Top 25 occasions Brits are most likely to lie
1.    Saying ‘I’m fine’ when you are upset
2.    Saying you like a gift, when you don’t
3.    The cost of an item
4.    How ill you are
5.    Money and finances
6.    Realising you’ve been undercharged for an item and not mentioning it
7.    Complimenting food when you don’t like it
8.    Telling someone they look good in an outfit when it doesn’t suit them
9.    Amount of alcohol you have drank
10.    Not notifying the sales assistant that they gave you too much change
11.    Household chores
12.     Saying you’ve sent something, either by email or post, when you haven’t
13.    Where you’ve been
14.    Telling a friend you like their new haircut
15.    In a job interview
16.    Going to work
17.    Who you have been with
18.    On a CV
19.    Your age
20.    Saying you’re busy the weekend to get out of work
21.    Whether you can afford something
22.    Smoking
23.    Damaging an item
24.    Visiting the dentist
25.    On insurance applications or claims


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