Japanese People and their Lies

Here’s another translated survey from What Japan Thinks (I’m a big fan of this site). This time, it’s about the little white lies than Japanese men and women tell:

The Women:

Q: What white lies can’t you avoid telling guys you fancy? (Sample size=527, women)

Rank Score
1 My weight 100
2 How many guys I’ve been out with before 92.6
3 Whether I have a current boyfriend 45.7
4 How long I haven’t had a boyfriend for 44.4
5 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 35.8
6 How good I am at doing housework 30.9
7= Talking about a common hobby 28.4
7= How I spend my days off 28.4
9 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 27.2
10= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 23.5
10= How much savings I have 23.5
10= My age 23.5
13 What hobbies I’m really into 22.2
14 When I have to be home by at night 13.6
15 The kind of guy I fancy 12.3
16= How much I spend on my hobbies 8.6
16= My salary 8.6
18= How much I spend on clothes 7.4
18= What kind of work I do 7.4
18= My height 7.4

I love how women primarily lie to keep their current or future marriages in check. Regardless of age (teens to 60+ year olds),  Japanese Women seem the most concerned about maintaining a “good wife” image.

Men are also concerned with their image, but it doesn’t appear to be as big of a deal:

Rank Score
1 How many girls I’ve been out with before 100
2 How long I haven’t had a girlfriend for 76.6
3 Whether I have a current girlfriend 51.9
4 How I spend my days off 42.9
5 The kind of girl I fancy 40.3
6 Talking about a common hobby 39.0
7 What hobbies I’m really into 37.7
8= What fetishes I have about women 28.6
8= How much savings I have 28.6
8= My salary 28.6
11 My age 26.0
12 My weight 22.1
13 What kind of work I do 16.9
14= How bad I am at getting up in the morning 15.6
14= How much I spend on my hobbies 15.6
14= My height 15.6
17 How good I am at doing housework 11.7
18 Pretending that I bought myself stuff I actually received as a gift 9.1
19 How good (or bad) I am at cooking 7.8
20 How good I am at driving 6.5
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