Cheaters, Liars, and Sinners: Survey Reveals Worst Vices

Are you a little devil? Ever do a bad, bad thing? Survey says…yes! Shine partnered with Fitness magazine to discover just who is naughty and who is nice and how. In a survey of more than 2,000 American men and women, we asked participants to come clean about their worst vices. If you are feeling a bit guilty right now, you are not alone.

The majority of adults (75%) admit to having acted inappropriately. For those ages 18-34, the number is even higher-about 81 percent. Some of the most common transgressions include hanging up the telephone on someone (49%), flipping another driver the middle finger (33%), and cursing out a stranger (21%).

When it comes to lying, cheating, overindulging, and just plain acting rudely, both men and women have exhibit their fair share of bad behaviors. Here are our key findings:

Worst Vices

55 percent of adults admit to having a vice, but men and women differ somewhat on what they consider to be their nastiest habits. 13 percent of men say that drinking is their number one vice, and while only 7 percent of women say the over imbibe. Women's naughty behavior often revolves around food (see also "diet crimes" below). 25 percent of women say that binge eating is their worst habit (compared to 18 percent of men). 25 percent of men fess up that smoking their number one vice. For women, smoking is a close second with 23 percent responding sparking a cig is their "go to" no-no.

Diet Crimes

From overeating to under eating, diet crimes are rife for women and men both. Amongst self-identified dieters, a whopping 34 percent of men and 32 percent of women admit to bingeing. In addition to binge eating, 16 percent of women admit to hiding food from others so they could eat it themselves (compared to 12 percent of men). Maybe they just know their way around the fridge better.

Most people have figured out that losing weight is a marathon, not a sprint, and only 12 percent of women and 10 percent of men say they starve themselves to slim down before an important event. However, when it comes to staying on course, 34 percent of participants said they are likely to cheat on a diet and 33 percent admit its not unusual to skip a work out.

Your Cheating Heart

Good news: only about 9 percent of men or women say they have cheated on their partner. Bad news: more women have cheated on their partner than their hairstylist (8 percent). But (and it's a biggie), there is a blip we'll call the Ryan Rule. Our survey found that 14% of women stated they would cheat with Ryan Reynolds and 13% opted for Ryan Gosling if given a free pass.

When it comes to cheating on tests, the numbers are much worse than infidelity. 17 percent of women and 19 percent of men should have been given a one-way hall pass straight to the principal's office. Where we aren't cheating: taxes. Only 4% of men and 3% of women swindle the IRS. Or so they say.

As the old saying goes, nobody's perfect (beside the goody two shoes 25% who report they never act rudely, indulge in any vices, cheat, or lie). What's your vice of choice? Let us know in the comments below.

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