SUN ONLINE, AUGUST 24, 2019
COVERAGE FOR GIFFGAFF
LOVE SPY NEIGHBOUR: More than a third of Brits believe they have a neighbour who spies on them
A nationwide study has revealed as many as 53 percent of Brits feel they have a neighbour who takes rather too much interest in their lives, while 39 percent are convinced they are being spied on.
In fact, as many as 13 percent of people have actually MOVED house to escape their prying neighbours.
But the research also uncovered a definitive list of neighbour types, with 40 percent saying they live next door to a recluse, who is rarely seen in public and keeps to themselves.
Meanwhile, 36 percent complain they live next door to a curtain twitcher, who always wants to know what is going on, while 16 percent claim their neighbour is borrower, someone who takes but never remembers to give items them back.
One in five are unfortunate enough to live next door to a party animal, who keeps them awake all night while 26 percent are lucky enough to live next to a kind soul, who is always there in a crisis.
17 percent are lucky enough to have a DIY expert on hand to help with any tasks. And despite the fact that nearly half of Brits (47 percent) claim they like to keep themselves to themselves, people do have strong community links.
The study found that, despite the ups and downs, the average British adult scores their relations with their nearest neighbours as an impressive seven out of ten.
We also know the first names of nearly a third (31 percent) of the street. And more than a quarter (26 percent) even have a neighbour’s spare set of keys in case of emergencies.
In fact, three quarters of Brits claim they could definitely rely on their neighbours in a crisis.
giffgaff commissioned the survey to break the myth that we live in “urban solitude” and to celebrate modern neighbourhood relationships that bring communities together.
A spokesperson for giffgaff said: “Community is at the heart of everything that we do here at giffgaff – after all, we are the mobile network run by you.
“This is why we wanted to get a better understanding of how communities in modern Britain feel about each other.
“As a result, we’ve managed to quash the myth that we now live in urban solitude and we are in fact a lot more connected with each other than one would initially think.”
The study found that most neighbourly communication is done the old fashioned way, with a natter over the garden fence (34 percent) the way most catch up, followed by a chat on the way to work (24 percent) and a shared pot of tea (13 percent).
Yet seven percent of Brits have a digital neighbourhood messaging group.
That’s not to say we all get on all the time, with four in ten of us admitting they’ve had rows with our neighbours on occasion.
However, a happy 16 percent say they LOVE their neighbours, around one in eight (12 percent) say their neighbours are some of their best friends and six percent even admit they have a secret crush on their neighbours.