English people tend to be more socially reserved than other cultures;they do not talk to strangers, or make friends quickly and easily.
Communication is often brief and limited. They are too busy or too tired tovisit relatives or friends, because they are regularly unavailable. Thesefactors probably cause a lack of communication with other people orneighbours. Britishpeople are barely friends with them. A new YouGov research looks at therealities of neighbourhood life in Britain, revealingthat only one in four British people would call their neighbours goodfriends. Few say they get on badly withpeople who live near them, and the majority of British people with neighbourssay they speak to them every week.
However, the vast majority (65%) say theywould not call any of their neighbours ‘good friends’, and an even greatermajority (67%) have not invited any of them into their house for a meal ordrink in the past year. Obviously, this varies by location. Only 32% of peopleliving in urban areas know all five of their nearest neighbours’ names, whilein rural areas 51% do, and in town 47% do.
Regarding the different areas of Great Britain, Wales and the North arethe most neighbourly areas, with 32% and 31% respectively calling theirneighbours good friends compared to 26% in the south, 21% in Scotland and only19% in London. Age is also veryimportant to explain a decline in neighbourliness. Fully 44% of over-60s wouldcall their neighbours good friends and 46% have had neighbours round for a mealor drink. However, there is a significant difference between over-60s and themiddle-aged generation. In fact, only 26% of 40-59 year olds would call theirneighbours good friends.According to anarticle published on The Guardian website, in a survey and a follow-up socialexperiment carried out to mark the 50th anniversary of the Neighbourhood Watchnetwork, people were asked about theirconnection with their local community. During this month-long experiment, theparticipants, who all lived on suburban Lingard Road in Manchester, had tosmile at people in the street and offer help where they could, and try to starta conversation.
Although several reported “strange looks” and someinitial reserve, by the end of the four weeks all the Lingard Road participantsreported success. One of the participants, Jay Crawford, said that this studywas successful, because people never met before have