Whether we are saving feelings or saving ourselves, here are the most common lies.

I know the most common lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember" and the lie I tell others most often is, "I'll be there in 5 minutes." I've said I'll be there in 5 minutes when I know with my whole heart that I won't be there in 5 minutes. Whether I'm 2 exits away or just jumping in the shower, I'll be there in 5 minutes usually ends a phone call pretty quickly.

DirectTV surveyed U.S. adults to find out what lies they are telling and whom they are telling them to. The 10 most frequently used lies are:

  1. "I'm fine." (92%)
  2. "I love this present." (80%)
  3. "Sorry, I'm sick." (78%)
  4. "I didn't see your text." (72%)
  5. "Let's keep in touch." (70%)
  6. "This meal you made is delicious." (70%)
  7. "Leaving in 5 minutes." (69%)
  8. "On my way." (66%)
  9. "I'll be ready in 15 minutes." (65%)
  10. "No, you don't need to lose weight." (63%)

The top groups of people we lie to.

  1. Coworkers
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Significant others
  5. Parents
  6. Others

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