London - To outsiders, Britons can sometimes appear to be a stuffy and staid bunch.
The truth, however, is that beneath that calm, conservative image courses a stream of mischievousness – at least if a new study is to be believed.
The research found up to one in five women indulge in a daily bout of “naughtiness” to help tickle up their day.
Among the regular bad behaviour listed is pulling a sickie and secretly lusting after a partner’s father. Other “naughty” acts include women keeping a picture of a heart-throb, rather than a boyfriend or husband, as their mobile or PC screensaver.
About 15 percent of the 2 000 women surveyed also admit they touch up pictures of themselves before posting them online to hide any imperfections.