WASHINGTON (CBS WASHINGTON) – Men are more likely to lie than women, but women were more likely to lie in specific situations.

Telling on average three lies each day, new research indicates that men total up to 1,092 lies each year, as opposed to their female counterparts who tell 728 each year –- an average of two-a-day.

Karen Pine, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, told the Daily Mail that she believes the art of lying is a vital characteristic for humans.

“We think lying is bad,” said Pine. “But actually the ability to deceive others has helped humans survive as a species.”

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