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Half of Married Women Have Lied to Get Out of Sex

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How often do married women fib in order to avoid having sex with their partner? It might happen more often than you think.

In a recent DatingAdvice.com study, married women were the most likely demographic to lie to get out of sex.

At 52 percent, married women were 68 percent more likely to do so than married men.

About four in 10 Americans admitted to stretching the truth at least once to avoid a sexual encounter, but it certainly wasn’t limited to just the ladies. One in three men also answered in the affirmative.

DatingAdvice.com expert Gina Stewart said the answer is as simple as men want sex more than women – married or not.

“Biologically, men are programmed to be able to procreate at any time and for much of their lives,” she said. “Women are cyclical. They’ll never be as primed as men, so it makes sense they would find ways to get out of it more.”

“Married women were 68 percent

more likely to do so than married men.”

African-Americans and respondents aged 35 to 44 were also among the most likely to lie to get out of sex, with 49 percent in both groups admitting as much.

In terms of the lowest responses, Westerners and low-wage earners are at the front with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

Those living in the West had a 23 percent lower likelihood of lying to get out of sexual intercourse than those living in the Midwest and Northeast, while those earning less than $25,000 annually were a fourth less likely to answer yes than those earning between $25,000 and $74,999.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who’ve Lied to Get Out of Sex

By gender:

  • Male: 31%
  • Female: 50%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 41%
  • Straight Men: 30%
  • Straight Women:  51%
  • Gay: 46%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 38%
  • Single Men: 31%
  • Single Women: 47%
  • Married: 43%
  • Married Men: 31%
  • Married Women: 52%
  • Divorced: 46%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 34%
  • 25 to 34: 45%
  • 35 to 44: 49%
  • 45 to 54: 48%
  • 54 to 64: 33%
  • 65 and older: 31%

By race:

  • White: 40%
  • African-American: 49%
  • Hispanic: 44%
  • Asian: 32%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 36%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 45%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 45%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 43%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 37%
  • $125,000 or higher: 41%

By region:

  • Northeast: 43%
  • Midwest: 43%
  • South: 42%
  • West: 35%

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