How well do you know the people who live 6 feet away from you? Only one in five of us know our neighbors well. One in ten claim to be too shy to even say hello to the people next door.
Honestly, it can be a little awkward approaching your neighbor to introduce yourself. It’s kind of like trying to make friends as an adult. Where do you start? “Excuse me…would you like to hang out sometime? I mean, we live next door…you like beer…I like beer…wanna swap numbers?”
Nearly one in ten have absolutely no idea who even lives next door, yet more than half of us admitting we should make more of an effort to get to know the neighbors.
The main reasons for not knowing their neighbors were:
- Never having a reason to speak and break the ice with their neighbours (19%)
- Rarely being at home (18%)
- Being too busy (16%)
- Too shy to strike up a conversation (13%)
I know who lives next door to me… okay I don’t know their names but ‘Weird Woman with cats’ and ‘Guy who likes ABBA and Ricky Martin’ both seem very nice.