Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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In celebration of National Good Neighbor Day, we at WhitePages decided to take a closer look at the sad state of neighborly relations in the digital age. According to the Pew Research Center, fewer than half of American adults know most or all of their neighbors. Furthermore, a recent Harris Interactive survey showed that less than 40% of people know most of their neighbors’ first names, less than 30% know most of their neighbors’ last names and less than 10% got together with their neighbors on a regular basis.

All in all, we generally view our neighbors as no more than the dictionary defines them: one living or located near another. Which is a shame because aside from knowing who to mooch free wi-fi from (which 32% of people do), we also found that knowing who your neighbors are, socializing with them on a regular basis (surviving a stroke increases +50% if you live in a socially active neighborhood), and knowing how to get in touch with them quickly, could ultimately save your life.

Taking all of this into consideration, just how well do you know your neighbors?

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by Liz Powell

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