You probably don’t know your neighbours, it says here
reported by the Big Lunch claims that more than 50 per cent of respondents ‘don’t know their neighbours’,
with one in four ‘having no idea what their names are’.
no way of finding out what this means, as there is no press release on the
website, and no indication of who carried out the research or how the questions
were worded. Of course it’s part of the BL process of cranking up its
publicity, which is fair enough; and it gives the Daily Mail something to put
in its columns, which maybe can’t be helped.
about 90% of us
enjoy good relationships with our neighbours and speak to them often
about 5% of us
have no contact with our neighbours
consensus on whether neighbourliness is in decline.
could point out once again that the phrase ‘to know your neighbours’ needs a
bit of unpacking if it is to be helpful; and that knowing names is not the same as recognition, which is what underpins neighbourliness.
can also promise to try and do another mini-analysis of collected ‘findings’
from sources like this, because they do have a fascination and possibly some
lessons. But it remains the case that if organisations don’t feel able to
reveal the source of such eccentric conclusions, their credibility will need