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Women spill the beans after just 47 hours: study

world Updated: Sep 17, 2009 22:25 IST

Have you ever wondered how long a woman can keep a secret? A study has suggested that they will typically spill the beans in less than two days.

The research, involving 3,000 women aged between 18 and 65, also found that four in ten women were unable to keep a secret, no matter how personal or confidential the news was.

More than half of them admitted alcohol loosened their tongues. Boyfriends, husbands, best friends and mothers were most likely to be initial recipients of the information, according to the British survey.

"No matter how precious the piece of information, it's often out in the public domain within 48 hours," said Michael Cox, UK Director of Wines of Chile that commissioned the research.

Researchers found that they will typically spill the beans to someone else in 47 hours and 15 minutes. Fortunately for some, 27 per cent said they forgot what they were told the following day.

The study found that the average woman hears three pieces of gossip each week, and will pass it on to at least one other person. Three in ten "have the urge" to reveal secrets, with nearly half telling another to "simply get it off their chest", a report in the Daily Mail said.

However, two thirds end up feeling guilty after spilling the beans.

Yet more than four in ten believe 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 confidante. Intimate issues, true cost of purchases and affairs emerged top of the secret-keeping list.