Why Are Neighbors Not Friendly?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Everyone wants friendly neighbors that are willing to lend a helping hand in time of need. However, this can be a double-edged sword, especially in apartments when one neighbor goes overboard with their friendliness and becomes irritating. If your apartment neighbors keep ignoring your polite hints to take it easy, it’s probably high time you confront them about the situation.

According to a survey conducted by OnePoll, about 10% of people have come into conflict with their neighbors due to some issue like noisy parties or blocking the passageway. It’s not surprising that so many people don’t talk to their neighbors anymore. This is mainly because of changes in lifestyle and technological advancements that have reduced social interaction.

When you become friends with your neighbors, it’s hard to complain about things that bother you like their barking dog or the fact that they never take out their trash. Moreover, it’s difficult to break off the friendship when you want to air your grievances as it would affect the bond that the two of you share.

It might feel tempting to avoid the over-friendly neighbor by avoiding them, but this will only escalate the problem. Instead, try to set respectful boundaries. For example, if your apartment neighbor constantly approaches you to chat, you can simply tell them that you are occupied or would prefer not to talk at this moment. You can also decline invitations to social events at their place.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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