What Do Your Neighbors Know About You?
No one likes a nosy neighbor. But as it turns out, your neighbors might have greater insights into your life than you imagine. Even if you’re a reserved person who likes to keep the blinds shut for most of the day, those who live next door could’ve picked up clues or even searched your name online to see what else they could find out.
What do your neighbors actually know about you? Here are a few examples of info they may have gleaned.
You’re Away on Vacation
A few telltale signs could let your neighbors know you’re on vacation. If your garden begins to grow unkempt or your house remains entirely dark at night, it becomes obvious that no one’s home.
As such, it might be a good idea to set nightly timers on all the lamps in your house. This deters intruders from breaking into your home while you’re away, and it’ll keep noisy neighbors from wondering.
Your Political Affiliations
Your neighbors may also know which way you lean politically. Of course, putting up candidate signs on your lawn is an obvious method of showing whom you support. But there are other, subtler ways. For example, statistically, people who fly the American flag in front of their homes often lean right on the political spectrum, whereas people who put up rainbow-colored flags often lean left.
Your Financial Situation
Many of your public records are available online for anyone to peruse. This can include anything from census records of your income to any history of bankruptcy to even the records of properties you currently own or have lived in. That means your neighbors can have a strong idea of your career choices, if you’ve had bumps in the road with money, or if you’ve moved across the country. When that pops up in casual conversation over the fence, and you haven’t offered this information, it might be cause for alarm.
Your neighbors will also be able to tell how much you like to shop, or if you’ve potentially received a large raise. If UPS and FedEx deliver packages to you every day, or if a new car is parked in your driveway, neighbors are likely to put 2 and 2 together and infer that your financial status has changed for the better.
Your Family Situation
A quick search of your name online will often pull up a list of your relatives, if you’ve been married before and when, and other personal details that you may not want your neighbors to know. If you’ve recently moved to a new city or state to make a fresh start, it can be concerning to realize that your neighbors are already aware of your private, and perhaps dirty, laundry.
Your Odd Habits
Chances are strong that your neighbors will know if you’re a hoarder. Visible piles of junk peeking through the windows of your garage while all your cars are parked out in the driveway can be one sign. Another could be the fact that you have a variety of things sitting out in your backyard.
Your neighbors may also take note of any other strange habits you have, such as mowing the lawn at odd hours of night or exercising in your backyard. What you believe to be a private routine may be neighborhood common knowledge.
Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood?
According to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey, nearly four out of ten Americans don’t feel attached to their community, a figure that draws directly from the fact that more and more people do not communicate with or even know any of their neighbors. This leads to a lack of trust, which makes the thought of how much they may know about you all the more disconcerting.
It can be nerve-wracking. However, you can look into them as well, so you’re at least on equal footing. You can perform a quick address search through PeopleFinders to try and find out what kind of people live around you and your family. (You may also sleep easier at night finding that no one among your neighbors appears to have a criminal record.) On the same site, you can check your own public records to try and make sure that whatever your neighbors can find out about you is at least correct.
Final thought: you may feel annoyed at the thought of your neighbors knowing about you. But maybe you shouldn’t. Before you get upset, try a little communication first. When you get to know your neighbors–and they get to know you–all of sudden, your outdoor exercises become no big deal.
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