A NEW study has found that British residents are getting friendlier with their neighbours, with two-thirds admitting they speak to their neighbours regularly and a further two in five revealing they know the majority of their neighbours by name.
This research was conducted after a study in 2016 previously found that one in three Britons couldn’t name any of their neighbours.
The study, conducted by the home interior specialists at www.Hillarys.co.uk, saw over 2,400 UK-based adults, spread across the 12 regions of the UK, quizzed about life in their neighbourhood.
When initially asked if they spoke regularly (at least once a week) with their neighbours, whether this is long or short conversations, two-thirds of respondents claimed that they did (66%). Talking about issues with their neighbourhood topped the list of topics spoken about (78%) followed by the weather (55%) and plans for the day (49%).
A further two in five respondents revealed they knew the majority of their neighbours by name (41%). In contrast to the 2016 poll wherein, one in three could not name any of their neighbours, just 1 in 9 (11%) said this was the case now.
It was also found that one in seven respondents had previously invited neighbours round for dinner (14%).
Of the two-thirds of respondents who spoke regularly to their neighbours, 19% were from Northern Ireland.
The full regional breakdown can be found below:
- Northern Ireland – 19%
- Yorkshire and Humberside – 15%
- West Midlands – 13%
- North East – 12%
- Wales – 11%
- South West – 9%
- London – 7%
- North West – 5%
- East of England – 4%
- East Midlands – 2%
- South East – 2%
- Scotland – 1%
More than 1 in 5 (21%) said they preferred to ask their neighbours to house sit or look after pets whilst they are away from home over their family or friends.
Lucy Askew, a spokesperson for www.hillarys.co.uk, said: “With so much negative news, it is great to see a sense of togetherness through neighbourly communities. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice and making friends with neighbours can lead to lovely tightknit friendship group close to home. I am glad these stats have changed since the previous study back in 2016 wherein it implied Britons were shutting themselves away from their neighbourhood.”