One of the best things about this glorious summer we’ve been enjoying (apart from our fabulous tans of course!) is the opportunity to finally make the most of our gardens.
After all, we spend all that time tending to them only for the sodden British weather to prevent us from using them. But not this year! That’s why we were so shocked to hear that according to a recent survey of 2000 people, almost a quarter avoided using their own garden so they wouldn’t have to speak to the family next door.
Making polite conversation over the fence isn’t exactly our favourite pastime, but have relations really become so distant that we actively avoid our neighbours now?
According to the survey it would appear so. Twenty-eight percent of people said they would never socialise with their neighbours, with six in ten Britons admitting that they didn’t get on with them at all.
But what causes these bad feelings? The reasons ranged from neighbours blocking the driveway, to letting their dogs bark all the time, to being overly competitive and hosting too many late night parties.
But what do you think? Are neighbours a nuisance or a joy to live with?
Would you rather live in seclusion? Or do you enjoy sharing your street with the family next door?
Share your opinions in the forums, or feel free to leave a comment below?