What about the neighbours?

According to a recent report, Brits are actually friendlier than you might think.

'Love thy neighbour’ is making a comeback across the UK as a larger than expected number of people are not just keeping up with the Jones’s, but are good friends with them too.

According to the study, 80% of Brits know their neighbour’s names, 47% speak to them regularly and almost a third (31%) would consider them friends. When asked, 10% said that they’d like to know their neighbours better and 52% of people said that feeling ‘part of a community’ was important to them.

The picture was fairly consistent across the country, however only 72% of those living in London knew their neighbour’s names, which was the lowest in the country. However, the capital had one of the highest rates of people who considered their neighbours as friends (33%). This could perhaps indicate that in faster-paced urban areas, people tend to forge fewer,  but stronger connections to each other.

As well as looking at neighbours, the research also looked at friendship groups, finding that women tend to have fewer friends in their local area, with an average of six, compared to men who had an average of seven pals living close by. Men were more likely to socialise with their friends at the pub than women (43% of men, 28% of women) whereas almost six-in-10 (59%) women said they spent more time socialising with friends at home.

Interestingly one-in-five (21%) women said they combined socialising with friends and the school-run, tending to catch-up with other parents whilst picking up and dropping off kids. This is compared to just one-in-eight (13%) men.

The relationship we have with our neighbours and our local community can really make a place feel like home. As the speed of life has increased with more people spending less time catching up face-to-face, and more time keeping in touch online and on social media – it’s great to see that the majority of us have friendly faces right on our doorstep.”

The latest report found that homeowners most wanted a Post Office, a local bank and a baker on their high street, with over half (52%) of people saying that feeling part of a community was important to them. Main source TSB research.

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