Almost 1 in 5 Hoosiers meet neighbor for first time during lockdown

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Published on June 22, 2020 with No Comments

We are told to ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’ but what if you have no idea who your next-door neighbor is? Having to remain indoors during lockdown means getting creative when communicating with family and friends, such as via video calling apps.

However, it is also the perfect opportunity to get to know the person or people who live in the home next to you, considering you are both likely to be there more often than usual. If your paths didn’t cross before due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life, they are bound to have done so during lockdown…, an online electricity comparison and resource site, conducted a survey of 4,000 Americans to find out how many had their first interaction with their neighbor ever during lockdown period. It seems staying home has had a positive influence on neighborly relationships across the nation, as nearly 1 in 5 (17 percent) Hoosiers admit the first time they met their neighbor was during lockdown! This was just below the national average of 2.

A friend in need… While lockdown appears to have improved our communication with our loved ones – and neighbors – there is no doubt about the economic hardship many are facing during this time. It seems we are a country full of good Samaritans, as the average American revealed they would lend their neighbor in need a significant $167. Hoosiers would lend $131.36 to their neighbor.

Conversely, the survey also found that over 1 in 10 (15 percent) respondents say they would, in fact, reach out to their neighbor for financial help in desperate times.

A promising, heartwarming statistic to emerge from this study was that a majority of Americans are even generous enough to house a neighbor in need – 77 percent say they would volunteer to temporarily house their neighbor if they had nowhere else to stay.

‘Despite being physically separated from people we care about, a sense of community support is more important now than ever, which includes being there for your neighbor in times of need,’ says Sam Allcock for‘Having the support of a friendly neighbor can be extremely helpful in trying circumstances.’


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