Women 'cannot keep a secret for longer than 47 hours' 调查:
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A woman is telling her friend a secret. The average woman cannot keep a secret for longer than 47 hours, a new study suggests.
A woman is telling her friend a secret. The average woman cannot keep a secret for longer than 47 hours, a new study suggests.

The average woman cannot keep a secret for longer than 47 hours, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that women are overcome by a burning desire to share gossip as soon as they hear it.

They will typically spill the beans to at least one other person in 47 hours and 15 minutes.

Depending on who the gossip is about, their boyfriend, husband, best friend or mother are most likely to be the initial recipients1 of the information.

The study of 3,000 women aged2 between 18 and 65 also found that four out of ten admitted they were unable to keep a secret – no matter how personal or confidential3 the news was.

It also found that alcohol usually gives us a helping5 hand to blurt6 out secrets – with more than half admitting a glass or two of wine could prompt them to dish the dirt.

Michael Cox, UK Director of Wines of Chile, which commissioned the research to mark Chile's National Day on Friday, said: "It's official – women can't keep secrets.

"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 confide4 in.

"No matter how precious the piece of information, it's often out in the public domain7 within 48 hours.

The study found the nation's ladies hear three nuggets of gossip a week, but end up passing it on to at least one other person.

Six in 10 end up telling someone completely uninvolved so the person the secret belongs to won't know.

Three in 10 admitted having the urge to reveal someone's secret. Nearly half (45 per cent) disclose secrets just for the weight to be lifted from their shoulders.

However, two thirds end up feeling guilty after passing on secrets.

Three quarters say they are capable of keeping quiet about a secret, and 83 per cent consider themselves 100 per cent trustworthy within each group of friends.

Yet, four in ten admit to gossiping to a close friend from another friendship group.

More than four in ten think it is acceptable to share a friend's secret with someone who does not know them, with over 40 per cent saying their husband is their ultimate confidant.

Intimate issues, true cost of purchases and affairs emerged top of the secret-keeping list, with girls most likely to share a secret chatting face-to-face, on the phone or via a text message.

Fortunately for some though, over a quarter (27 per cent) said they forgot what they were told the following day.




















spill the beans: to disclose a secret, either accidentally or imprudently, thereby ruining a surprise or plan(说漏嘴)

give a helping hand: 助一臂之力

dish the dirt: to spread gossip; to gossip(散布流言蜚语)

bank on: to count on; depend on(指望,依赖)

nugget: anything of great value, significance, or the like(有用的想法或事实,有价值的小东西)


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  • I would never readily confide in anybody.我从不轻易向人吐露秘密。
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  • This information should be in the public domain.这一消息应该为公众所知。
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