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Need a taller fence? Poll says most of us have a nosy neighbor

Antennoragate_2Here's the chilling opening to a press release I got recently:

Quick — exactly what time did you leave for work this morning? Not sure? Well, maybe your neighbor knows. A new poll revealed that nearly two-thirds of respondents claim to have (or have had) a nosy neighbor living nearby.

Of the 1,100 people surveyed nationwide, 64% said their neighbors follow their lives a little too closely. The same number of people reported that they’ve actually caught someone in the act.

However, when it comes to admitting to being a snoop, only 9% confessed to spying on their neighbor, and only 2% said they “see everything” that goes on around their block.

“Let’s face it . . . it’s a bit creepy,” said David Lupberger,’s Home Improvement Expert. “It's disconcerting to know that every time you’re in the yard that you might have someone watching your every move.”

Yeah, it's a lot creepy!

And I have one thing to say about this: Co-Dependents Anonymous. Did you know there is a 12-Step program specifically designed for those who are obsessed with other people's actions?

OK, so if your nosy neighbor isn't looking for change and spiritual growth, what can you do?

See the complete results of the ServiceMagic poll on snoopy neighbors.

(Photo: This is a nice privacy solution at the home of Austin architect Michael Antenora. The tall gate creates an enclosed courtyard, while the translucent panels allow light. Photos courtesy of the architect.)

Do you have now, or have you had a “nosy neighbor”?

No — 27%
Yes — 64%
I am the nosy neighbor — 9%

To what level have you seen the snooping get?

No snooping — 17%
Small amount (harmless) — 28%
Moderate amount (annoying) — 37%
Large amount (things got ugly) — 17%

Have you confronted the neighbor about their snooping?

No, it’s no big deal — 37%
Yes, but it didn’t help — 24%
Yes, and it put an end to it — 4%
No, I don’t like confrontation — 24%
There’s no snooping on my block — 11%

Have you ever caught a neighbor red-handed in an act of being nosy?

No — 28%
Yes — 67%
No, but it’s only a matter of time — 5%

Do you suspect there’s someone on your block who “sees everything” that goes on?

I confess – it’s me — 2%
Yes, but it’s harmless — 40%
No, everyone keeps to themselves — 18%
Yes, and they’re just waiting to report loud noises, illegal parking, overgrown lawns, etc… — 40%

What kinds of snooping do you suspect go on where you live now (or in the past)? [select all that apply]

Eavesdropping — 32%
Looking through trash cans — 7%
Gossiping about other neighbors — 62%
Looking over the backyard fence — 48%
Constantly watching through the window — 73%

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