ALL THOSE LIES

What was the last lie you told your mother or your spouse? If you're like most others, you lied about one of two things: your spending/purchases and/or your sexual experience. These are the two most common lies we tell, according to a Harris Poll. While we are most likely to lie to our parents and our spouse/significant other, we are least likely to lie to a sibling.

To whom are we lying?

Parents: 43 percent
Spouse/significant other: 41 percent
Doctor: 38 percent
Best friend: 36 percent
Sibling: 32 percent

What lies do we tell our parents?

Spending/purchases: 15 percent
Sexual experience: 14 percent
Alcohol use: 12 percent
Illegal substance abuse: 12 percent
Physical health: 11 percent
Cigarette use: 10 percent

What lies do we tell our spouse/significant other?

Spending/purchases: 21 percent
Sexual experience: 14 percent
Eating habits: 12 percent
Physical health: 10 percent
Alcohol use: 8 percent
Exercise habits: 8 percent

What lies do we tell our doctors?

Exercise: 15 percent
Eating habits: 14 percent
Physical health: 10 percent

What lies do we tell our best friends?

Sexual experience: 12 percent
Income/salary: 8 percent
Political opinions: 8 percent
Religious beliefs: 7 percent

What lies do we tell our siblings?

Spending/purchases: 9 percent
Sexual experience: 7 percent
Income/salary: 7 percent

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