One in three people don’t want to get to know the people on their street.
That is the finding of a new survey by realestate.com.au showing one in five Australians has had a dispute with someone living nearby and one in 10 spies on their neighbours.
The national survey of 1047 people showed single people who have never been married are the least friendly neighbours, and widowed women aged 55 and over are the friendliest.
The survey shows being married makes a big difference with 70 per cent of married people saying they want to know their neighbours.
Similarly, while 97 per cent of married people have spoken to their neighbours, only 84 per cent of singles have done so.
Executive general manager of residential at realestate.com.au Andrew Rechtman said the results showed Ramsay Street of the TV series Neighbours is more fiction than fact.
“The results are somewhat surprising when you consider Australians are known for their relaxed and friendly nature, but it seems that doesn’t always extend to our neighbours,” he said.
Mr Rechtman said the survey results didn’t show a big difference between city and country people, or the young and old.
“The common perception is that older Australians have stronger relationships with their neighbours than younger people, but it seems that isn’t the case. Baby Boomers are avoiding their neighbours just as much as Gen Y,” he said.