82% don't give up their seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it more
Long gone are the days when Britons knew their neighbours by name. Now 52% of workers don't even offer to make a cup of tea for a colleague, a recent survey of the nation's local community and workplace habits carried out by healthcare provider Simplyhealth has revealed.
Almost half of people in Britain only know a maximum of three neighbours by name. Tellingly, it's the 'over 55s' that can be bothered to get to know their neighbours with the majority (57%) on first name terms with at least five of their neighbours, whereas almost two-thirds of 'under 35s' know only two.
According to Simplyhealth's Bothered Britain survey of more than 1,000 UK adults, the main causes of people not bothering are lack of time and stress at work. However, despite the claim of "no time", over half the nation (56%) still manages to watch over 15 hours of television a week, instead of bothering to offer up an act of kindness.
The survey also revealed that 82% don't give up their seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it more, while 61% admitted to never having volunteered for a charity. Some 86% don't ever offer to carry someone else's bags.
In fact, it seems that it now takes moments of extreme adversity to encourage any active acts of botheredness at all, as 92% of Britons agree that it takes a crisis for people to show they care about one another.
Some 82% agree that the recent freezing weather conditions brought about a greater sense of community spirit - which now appears to have melted along with the snow.
This could be a reflection of modern life, with higher work expectations and frantic family lifestyles causing higher levels of stress and fatigue. However, carrying out good deeds for others can in fact have a positive impact on a person's health, as well as the surrounding community.
Medical expert Dr. Christian Jessen agrees: "We all know that helping others is of benefit to them, but many people don't realise that getting active to help others can also improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Simple activities like walking the neighbour's dog or helping in the garden help to burn calories and improve general fitness, leading to a healthier, happier nation."
Jamie Wilson, spokesperson for Simplyhealth, says: "Committing just half an hour a month to helping someone else can make a real difference to your life as well as theirs. If everyone in the UK aimed to do just one act of 'botheredness' every month, it would make a real difference to the nation's overall wellbeing."