I do my best to be as honest as possible. Telling the truth is just so much easier than lying. Unfortunately there are some people that can’t handle the truth and you will get a reputation for being a prick. At least you’re an honest prick rather than a lying prick.
There is one exception to my honesty policy and it’s sex.
To be honest with you I don’t know why I feel so compelled to lie about sex but I am. I’ve been lying about sex since before I even started having sex.
I lost my virginity to my high school girlfriend in senior year. We dated for six months before she was ready to have sex. God knows I tried to have sex with her every single day of those six months. Right as I was about to finally put my penis in her vagina and lose my virginity once and for all she stopped and said, “You’ve done this before, right?”
“Yes,” I replied without any hesitation. It was just a reflex. There I was, about to have sex for the first time (which I’m convinced to this day that she knew I was also a virgin because we had talked about it before) and I lied about sex.
Ever since then lying about sex has been second nature.
A new study by Ohio State University confirms that I’m not the only one lying about sex. It turns out everyone lies about sex!
293 college students between the ages of 18 and 25 were asked to complete a questionnaire about 124 different behaviours while connected to a lie detector.
When asked about their sex lives, the men participating claimed to have more sexual partners when they weren’t connected to the lie detector than when they were connected. The women of the study claimed to have fewer sexual partners without the lie detector than when they were connected to the lie detector.
On average the women had more sexual partners than the men.
“There is something unique about sexuality that led people to care more about matching the stereotypes for their gender,” said Terri Fisher, the study’s author and a professor of psychology at OSU. “Sexuality seemed to be the one area where people felt some concern if they didn’t meet the stereotypes of a typical man or a typical woman.”
So there you have it, everybody lies about sex.
If everybody is doing it then there’s nothing wrong with it, right?