The Lies That Men Tell Most Frequently

Everyone lies, but some people are more interested in knowing the difference between the sexes in this regard.
The Lies That Men Tell Most Frequently
Sergio De Dios González

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist Sergio De Dios González.

Last update: 20 November, 2023

We don’t want to offend anyone but, according to a study carried out in the UK, men lie three times as much as women and especially to women. Why is this? Opinions vary. Some say it’s to impress the opposite sex. Others say it’s to avoid hurting their feelings. Others claim it’s due to fear, insecurity, infidelity, or even to get a woman to have sex with them. However, what are the most common lies they tell?


Ten of the most common lies that men tell

1. I’m not married/I don’t have a girlfriend. In fact, many women in existing relationships suddenly discover that their partner is actually married or has a girlfriend.

2. You’re the only woman I’ve ever done this with. Is it to impress you or because they simply don’t remember? Anyway, whatever the truth is, they usually only confess to this after having had far too much to drink.

3. I had a problem with my car. It certainly seems that this is easier than having to give other explanations.

4. I’d never hurt you. They say there’s a long way from saying to doing. Nevertheless, even though they said they’d never hurt you, they did!

5. I did date her, but nothing happened. That’s not what that person who saw them together in the bar told you.

6. I see her only as a friend. He’s attracted to her.

7. She’s just a colleague. How many relationships break up thanks to colleagues?

8. I’ll call you tomorrow. They never do. Then, if by chance you meet them on the street, they tell you “I lost your number.” It’s really just a polite way of telling you that he’s not interested in you. If he was interested, he’d let you know.

9. “You are so special…”. Most likely, they tell all women.

10. I don’t watch pornography. You may like it more or less, but everyone has seen pornography at some point.

These are the ten most common lies that men tell. However, as you probably know, there are many more.

Women lie better than men

Interestingly, according to a study on infidelity, women lie better than men. The psychologist, Manuel Alarcón Molina claims it’s because women are more successful at controlling the emotions related to guilt and remorse.

The unisex lie

While we’ve concentrated so far on the lies men tell, it seems that there’s one particular lie that’s common to both sexes. That’s the “Nothing’s wrong with me, I’m fine” lie. This was discovered in a survey that was conducted by the 20th Century Fox company in England, after the premiere of the series, Lie to Me.

This investigation was conducted with about 2,000 people and was published in the newspaper, The Daily Mail . Apparently, the men stated that they lied about six times a day while the women said that they lied about three times.


We all lie at times. Women tend to lie about the money they’ve spent (“Oh, I’ve had this dress for ages”) and men about going out with friends for a drink. That’s according to this study, anyway.

However, we hope that you take our words lightly, in precisely the spirit they were meant. That’s because, at the end of the day, we’re all human and both women and men lie, some more than others. In fact, this is probably more dependent on their individual personalities than whether they’re a man or a woman.

Latest Research

A study by Ballester-Arnal et al. (2018) points out that most lies that are told are of a sexual nature. According to the researchers, there are three aspects that explain this. In the first place, the relational component of our sexuality comes into play, in which we highly value the opinion of others.

Second, sexuality is overrated in our society. Therefore, we want to portray, not only a perfect image of ourselves, but also to pretend that we’re the best. In this case, the most frequent lies concern penis size, ability in giving a partner an orgasm, and being an excellent lover. Finally, we often lie when our sexuality doesn’t match what society expects of us.

Finally, let’s end with a quote by Fabio Fusaro, author of several books on couples: “It ‘s not only that they lie more, but, without a doubt, they also do it better.”

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.