English British people would call their neighbours good

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 to
visit relatives or friends, because they are regularly unavailable. These
factors probably cause a lack of communication with other people or

people are barely friends with them. A new YouGov research looks at the
realities of neighbourhood life in Britain, revealing
that only one in four British people would call their neighbours good
friends.  Few say they get on badly with
people who live near them, and the majority of British people with neighbours
say they speak to them every week. However, the vast majority (65%) say they
would not call any of their neighbours ‘good friends’, and an even greater
majority (67%) have not invited any of them into their house for a meal or
drink in the past year. Obviously, this varies by location. Only 32% of people
living in urban areas know all five of their nearest neighbours’ names, while
in rural areas 51% do, and in town 47% do. 
Regarding the different areas of Great Britain, Wales and the North are
the most neighbourly areas, with 32% and 31% respectively calling their
neighbours good friends compared to 26% in the south, 21% in Scotland and only
19% in London.  Age is also very
important to explain a decline in neighbourliness. Fully 44% of over-60s would
call their neighbours good friends and 46% have had neighbours round for a meal
or drink. However, there is a significant difference between over-60s and the
middle-aged generation. In fact, only 26% of 40-59 year olds would call their
neighbours good friends.

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According to an
article published on The Guardian website, in a survey and a follow-up social
experiment carried out to mark the 50th anniversary of the Neighbourhood Watch
network, people were asked  about their
connection with their local community. During this month-long experiment, the
participants, who all lived on suburban Lingard Road in Manchester, had to
smile at people in the street and offer help where they could, and try to start
a conversation. Although several reported “strange looks” and some
initial reserve, by the end of the four weeks all the Lingard Road participants
reported success. One of the participants, Jay Crawford, said that this study
was successful, because people never met before have



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