Men are more likely to lie than women, with the average male telling three fibs a day, according to research.
Each year this amounts to 1,092 lies as opposed to women who were found to not tell the truth 28 times over 12 months, working out to twice a day.
But the research also indicated that women were more likely to lie in certain situations, such as when buying new clothes.
That was when 39 per cent of women felt the need to lie about their latest purchases compared to just 26 per cent of men.
Another marked difference was that women were also found to be more likely to feign being busy to avoid an unwanted phone call.
Half admit to this opposed to just over a third of men, according to research by BMW Financial Services and reported by the Express.
Other findings from the survey show that people are often tempted to lie to make life easier.
For example, nearly 20 per cent of the respondents declared that lying to a boss to pull a ‘sickie’ from work was justifiable.
When it came to cheating on partners, 13 per cent of people admitted they thought that lying to their partner about an affair was not harmful.
Saving money can also be a driving factor in telling a fib and the answers indicated that a quarter of drivers have lied on car insurance policies to try to get a cheaper deal.
Karen Pine, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, told the newspaper that she believes the art of lying is a vital characteristic for humans.
She said: ‘We think lying is bad, but actually the ability to deceive others has helped humans survive as a species.
Mr Pine explained our primitive ancestors needed to be deceitful in gain scare resources.
She also explained that socially skilled people have better qualities to be more successful in lying and that extroverts also tend to lie more often than more introverted people.
MEN’S TOP 5 LIES
1. I didn’t have that much to drink
2. Nothing’s wrong, I’m fine
3. I had no phone signal
4. It wasn’t that expensive
5. I’m on my way
WOMEN’S TOP 5 LIES
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