How Long Can Women Keep A Secret? Answer Is 47 Hours
Women cannot keep a secret for more than 47 hours, according to a recent survey.
The study, involving 3,000 women aged between 18 to 65, showed that women typically spill the beans to someone else in 47 and hours and 15 minutes to someone else - their boyfriend, husband, best friend, or mother depending on who the gossip is about. Also, not surprisingly, the study also showed that more than half of the women admit that alcohol makes it easier to blurt out secrets.
Three quarters say they are capable of keeping a secret and 83 per cent consider themselves 100 per cent trustworthy within each particular friendship group. Yet, four in 10 admit to gossiping to a close friend from another friendship group. Fortunately, 27 per cent said they forgot what they were told the following day.
Six in ten women choose to tell someone totally unrelated about the secrets. Nearly half tell secrets just to have the weight lifted from their shoulders, but in fact, two thirds actually end up feeling guilty about leaking the secrets. On average, women hear at least three nuggets of gossip a week, with intimate issues such as sex, affairs, and true cost of purchases being on the top of the secret-keeping list.
According to Michael Cox, UK director of Wines of Chile, which commissioned the research:
"We were really keen to find out with this survey how many secrets people are told. What we didn't bank on was how quickly these are passed on by those we confide in. No matter how precious the piece of information, it's often out in the public domain within 48 hours...and juicy gossip can really flow after a couple of glasses of wine.