New Survey: Majority of Americans Know Their Neighbors’ Pets More Than Their Neighbors’ Kids — Don’t Know Most of Their Neighbors’ First Names, Cell Phone Numbers or Email AddressesBy
July 13, 2011 00:01 ET
New Survey: Majority of Americans Know Their Neighbors’ Pets More Than Their Neighbors’ Kids — Don’t Know Most of Their Neighbors’ First Names, Cell Phone Numbers or Email Addresses
WhitePages “Neighbors” Launches Today to Help People Easily Find the Names and Contact Information for Their Neighbors to Promote Neighborhood Spirit, Community Partnerships and Local Safety
SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwire – Jul 13, 2011) – Despite the fact that most American adults who have neighbors1 (93%) say it’s important for neighbors to look out for each other’s safety, a new survey conducted online in June 2011 by Harris Interactive on behalf of WhitePages found that more of them can identify most of their neighbors’ cars (47%) than most of their neighbors’ first names (41%) and that more of them (27%) know most of their neighbors’ pets more than most of their neighbors’ kids (24%).
WhitePages sponsored the survey in tandem with the launch of a new product announced today called “Neighbors,” the first neighborhood satellite aerial map of U.S. household contact information, including first and last name, mailing address, associated household members, and phone number to help neighbors more effectively get in touch.
This is a sad commentary about the state of American life, and the dissolution of communities. Nice effort, White Pages. Let’s hope there is not a privacy backlash, which I expect. Certainly, this exercise would not be lawful in most of Europe.