Average Person Hasn’t Spoken To Neighbors In 3 Weeks — But Regularly Bash Them Online

A study of 2,000 adults in the United Kingdom has discovered that the average person hasn’t spoken to their neighbors in three weeks, but they regularly criticize them online.

The average adult has not spoken to their neighbors in three weeks, although millions still enjoy posting passive-aggressive messages about them on social media community pages. A study of 2,000 adults in the United Kingdom discovered that 56 percent of those in local online groups encounter sniping and mudslinging, with 34 percent describing it as pure entertainment.

Additionally, 47 percent have shared information with friends and family about certain posts because they were either outrageous or amusing. Nearly a third (31%) of adults are friends with a neighbor on Facebook, while only 17 percent follow at least one on Instagram. The study, commissioned by mobile network giffgaff to examine the level of community spirit throughout the U.K., also found that one in 20 participants cannot remember the last time they spoke to their next-door neighbor face-to-face.

Interestingly, when it comes to communicating about issues such as loud dogs, inappropriate parking, and litter, 18 percent find it easier or prefer to voice their thoughts online rather than approaching a neighbor to discuss the matter in person.

“It can be difficult to make time for our neighbors. The research found many don’t have close relationships with people in their local area, and this can lead to feelings of isolation. However, ironically, these people shouldn’t feel alone, as it seems there are millions in the same boat, and there are ways that we can improve our communication with those in our community,” says communications expert Amira Mansour in a statement.

While 10 percent miss the community friendliness they experienced during COVID lockdowns, only one in five believe community spirit is alive and well where they live. Another 14 percent would like to be better friends with their neighbors. Just over one in 10 would like to get to know people living nearby more but are unsure how to go about doing so.

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