It found the proportion of those saying they felt they belonged to their neighbourhood had fallen to 62 per cent compared with 69 per cent four years ago.
The proportion who regularly stop and talk to their neighbours has also fallen relative to 2011 and 2012 from 66 per cent to 62 per cent, suggesting lower engagement within our communities…
…Sunder Katwala, director of independent thinktank British Future that last month joined a call for a “decade of reconnection”, said the report underlined something he said many people had felt for some time. “We have become less connected with our fellow citizens. Our society is more divided than any of us would like,” he said. More here.
I’m not sure I get the link with smartphones here. I can understand the connection to connectivity etc, but all too often we blame tech for something that is intangible to the culture we live in.