Does your neighbour have a secret crush on you?

The nationwide study revealed that 53 percent of Brits feel they have a neighbour who takes rather too much interest in them, and that 39 percent even feel like they are being spied on.

In fact, the same number (13 percent) of people have actually MOVED house to escape their prying neighbours.

However, the study, by giffgaff, also found that 94 percent of the nation claim to be good neighbours, raising questions about who the nightmare neighbours actually are.

The research also uncovered a definitive list of neighbour “types” with 40 percent saying they live next door to “The Unsociable One” who is rarely seen in public and keeps to themselves.

Meanwhile, 32 percent admit they live next door to The Curtain Twitcher, who always wants to know what is going on, while 16 percent claim their neighbour is a “Borrower” – one who takes but never remembers to give items them back.

One in five live next door to “The Life of the Party”,  26 percent are lucky enough to live next to the “Kind Heart” who is always there in a crisis, and 17 percent are lucky enough to have a “DIY Expert” on hand to help with any tasks.

And despite the fact that nearly half of Brits (47 percent) claim they like to keep themselves to themselves, people do have strong community links.

The study found that the average British adult scores their relations with their nearest neighbours as an impressive seven out of ten.

We also know the first names of nearly a third (31 percent) of the street. And more than a quarter (26 percent) even have a neighbour’s spare set of keys in case of emergencies.

In fact, three quarters of Brits claim they could definitely rely on their neighbours in a crisis.

giffgaff commissioned the survey to break the myth that we live in  “urban solitude” and to celebrate modern neighbourhood relationships that bring communities together.

The study found that most neighbourly communication is done the old fashioned way, with a natter over the garden fence (34 percent) the way most catch up, followed by a chat on the way to work (24 percent) and a shared pot of tea (13 percent).

Yet seven percent of Brits have a digital neighbourhood messaging group.

That’s not to say we all get on all the time, with four in ten of us admitting they’ve had rows with our neighbours on occasion.

However, a happy 16 percent say they LOVE their neighbours, around one in eight (12 percent) say their neighbours are some of their best friends and six percent even admit they have a secret crush on their neighbours.




  1. The Unsociable One (prefers to maintain their privacy) – 40%

  2. The Curtain Twitcher (always knows what’s going on) – 32%

  3. The Kind Heart (always there to provide comfort and a shoulder to cry

on) 26%

  1. The Old Sage (wise older neighbour) – 26%

  2. The Life of the Party (likes a party – some of which go on into the night) – 20%

  3. The DIY expert (a handy person to have around) – 17%

  4. The Borrower (happy to ask for a cup of sugar or tools) – 16%

  5. The Nitpicker (will ensure standards are kept up) – 15%

  6. The Perfects (practically perfect in every way) – 14%

  7. The Free Spirit (maybe a bit of a hippy) – 13%

  8. The Community Rockstar (likes to bring the community together) – 10%

  9. The Digital Native (more comfortable in online communities ) – 9%


Try this quiz to find out what type of neighbour you are

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