The average adult hasn’t spoken to their neighbour for three weeks – but millions enjoy ‘passive aggressive’ posts on community social media pages.
A study of 2,000 UK adults found 56 per cent of those in local online groups report sniping and backbiting, with 34 per cent describing it as pure entertainment.
And 47 per cent have shared information with their friends and family about certain posts, because they were so outrageous or amusing.
Nearly a third (31 per cent) of adults are friends with a neighbour on Facebook, and 17 per cent follow at least one on Instagram.
The study, commissioned by mobile network giffgaff to examine the level of community spirit throughout the UK also found one in 20 even go as far as saying they can’t remember the last time they spoke to their next door neighbour face-to-face.
However, when wanting to communicate about peeves such as dogs barking loudly, inappropriate parking and rubbish, 18 per cent find it easier or prefer to voice their thoughts online, rather than approach a neighbour to discuss in person.
Lack of neighbourly communication can lead to feelings of isolation 
Communications expert Amira Mansour, commenting on the mobile network’s research, said: “It can be difficult to make time for our neighbours.
“The research found many don’t have close relationships with people in their local area, and this can lead to feelings of isolation.
“However, ironically, these people shouldn’t feel alone, as it seems there are millions in the same boat and there are ways that we can improve our communication with those in our community.”
While 10 per cent miss the community friendliness they felt during the UK’s lockdowns, one in five believe community spirit is alive and well where they live and 14 per cent would like to be better friends with their neighbours.
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