I, for one, can hardly wait. No wonder we succumbed to telling a few porkies to liven things up. This began in Palaeolithic times, when the birth of agriculture meant that it was materially advantageous for females to stay at home weeding and breastfeeding while males went out to hunt. Being forced to loiter about in the village inevitably made women friendly, if a little gossipy — but it also meant that the men got all the excitement and glory. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The survey, funded by an insurance company, found that an overwhelming majority of lies were told in order to make someone feel better, to avoid trouble, or to make life simpler and very rarely for false insurance claims. One of the often-noted distinctions between male and female brains concerns our use of language.
This means that we not only have soft, cuddly, fat-retaining bodies, but that our brains are constructed in such a way as to make us communicative and understanding.
Why do women lie more than men? Because we’re ‘nicer’
One of the often-noted distinctions between male and female brains concerns our use of language. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. A new poll suggests that women are twice as likely to lie as men — if respondents were telling the truth, that is. And women are not only socialised to produce them, but also have the brain architecture to make us particularly good at it. Not only can nurture affect us at the genetic level, potentially making us more biologically inclined to be emotionally responsive, but also, it seems, all of us have the capacity to be socialised this way or that, to identify with one sex or another, and for our bodies to respond accordingly. White lies show human socialisation at its most crafty and sophisticated. So, are our soothing lies genetically underpinned or culturally dictated?