How well do you know your neighbours? Research gathered over the last few years points towards a worrying conclusion. It appears many of us, especially in urban areas, simply don’t know who lives next door – or even on the same street.
In fact, a shocking 1 in 3 Britons never speak to those living around them, and 86% admit that they have no idea who lives on their street. So, how do you compare? Are you on first-name terms with your closest neighbours, or do you try to avoid your neighbours at all costs?
There are many reasons why we don’t know who lives next door. Busy work schedules and life pressures, such as family obligations were flagged as some of the most common reasons that prevented people from getting to know their neighbours.
However, with us all seeming to live more distant lives, separated from our neighbours and community, it’s hardly surprising that 67% of respondents in one survey said that they do not feel as involved in their local community in comparison to previous generations.
Would you call your neighbours good friends? If you can rely on your neighbours for that cup of sugar when you’re in need, or you regularly communicate and interact with them, you might be one of the lucky few. Only 1 in 4 British people would call their neighbours good friends. In fact, 1 in 4 have not invited neighbours into their house for a meal or drink in the past year. Have you?
It appears those living in urban settings find it harder (or are more reluctant) to get to know their neighbours. 32% of people living in urban settings know all five of their nearest neighbours’ names, whilst 51% in rural settings do. This could be due to the higher concentration of workers living in city centres, versus the higher concentration of retired workers in the country. What do you think is to blame?
Have you ever had an argument with a neighbour? 17% of people admit to having had a serious disagreement with a neighbour in the past few years. Noise disputes were most common, with 26% blaming noisy neighbours for their complaint. Parking came in a close second at 18%, with boundary disputes following close behind at 15%.
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