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Men believe they're better liars: research

Glenn Winchester was caught with over 500 indecent images of children.
Glenn Winchester was caught with over 500 indecent images of children.

By Ben Mitchell

Men are twice as likely as women to consider themselves good at lying and getting away with it, according to new research.

Scientists also found that people who excel at lying are good talkers and tell more lies than others, usually to family, friends, romantic partners and colleagues.

Dr Brianna Verigin, who led the research carried out at the University of Portsmouth, added that expert liars also preferred to lie face-to-face, rather than via text messages, with social media the least likely place where they would tell a lie.

Dr Verigin said: "We found a significant link between expertise at lying and gender. Men were more than twice as likely to consider themselves expert liars who got away with it.

"Previous research has shown that most people tell one or two lies per day, but that's not accurate, most people don't lie every day but a small number of prolific liars are responsible for the majority of lies reported.

"What stood out in our study was that nearly half (40%) of all lies are told by a very small number of deceivers. And these people will lie with impunity to those closest to them.

"Prolific liars rely on a great deal on being good with words, weaving their lies into truths, so it becomes hard for others to distinguish the difference."

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