Women consistently lie and make their lives appear more exciting on social networking sites, a survey has found.
Researchers found that at least one in four women exaggerated or distorted what they are doing on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter once a month.
According to the Telegraph, the survey of 2000 women found that they mostly pretended to be out of town, when in fact they are home alone, and embellished about an exotic holiday or their job.
The most common reasons for women to lie was their worry that their lives would seem ‘boring’, jealousy at seeing other people’s more exciting posts and wanting to impress their friends and acquaintances.
Psychologists suggested that as people attempt to ‘stay connected’ on social media, they can in fact ‘paradoxically’ be left ‘more isolated’, the report said.
According to the OnePoll survey, one third of women surveyed admitted to ‘dishonesty’ on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter at some stage.
Almost one in four admitted to lying or exaggerating about key aspects of their life online between one and three times a month while almost one in 10 said they lied more than once a week.
The survey found that nearly 30 percent of women lied about ‘doing something when I am home alone’, almost a quarter overstated their alcohol consumption, while one in five were not truthful about their holiday activities or their jobs.
Almost one in five women even lied about their “relationship status”.
The survey was commissioned by Pencourage, a new anonymous “diary-style” social media website, the report added.