The average Brit trusts just four people in their lives, a study has revealed.
Researchers found that while 97 per cent of people believe they are honest and reliable, when it comes to trusting others, they only rely on a handful of people.
And it’s mum who is considered to be the most trustworthy person.
Forty-seven per cent of Brits believe they can confide in their mother without fear, but only 36 per cent say the same about their dad.
Pet-owning Brits even admit they would be more likely to confide in Fido than their boss.
Just three per cent think their manager can be trusted, while almost one in five claim their dog is a faithful friend they rely on.
Greg Tatton-Brown from online casino Casumo.com, which commissioned the study, said: “Our research has uncovered a clear rift between how trustworthy we rate ourselves versus those around us.
“It’s slightly alarming to see the average figure for the number of people we trust coming out so low. Who hurt you, UK?”
Eighty-four per cent of Brits believe trust is the most important factor for a successful romantic relationship.
Yet one in 10 couples don’t think they could place their complete trust in their other half.
A third have broken off a relationship with someone because they thought they were untrustworthy, and one in two have parted ways with a particularly sneaky friend in the past.
The study also uncovered the top ways we test our trust in others.
More than six in 10 of those surveyed believe you can’t claim to truly trust someone until you are willing to give them a key to your house.
Fifty-two per cent think asking someone to look after your pets while you are on holiday is a sign of trust.
And one in five think you can’t say someone has your complete trust until they know the passcode to unlock your phone.
But 40 per cent believe they have become less trusting of other people as they have gotten older.
It also emerged that even though we consider ourselves to be trustworthy, 77 per cent confess to lying to someone in the past, even if it was only a ‘white lie’.
One in six think they tell a fib at least once a week , with 68 per cent admitting they think it is acceptable to tell a lie from time to time.
Brits also see the importance of trust in the brands and companies they purchase goods from, with 74 per cent more likely to shop with a company they believe is trustworthy.
Greg added: “Trust is vital for the formation of healthy relationships, whether that relationship is romantic, between friends or between customer and company.
“At Casumo.com our players’ trust is important to us, and we recognise the significance of being transparent and honest in our practices.”