More than three in five residents do not trust their neighbours and turn their noses up at neighbourhood gatherings, a survey has found, sparking fears Hong Kong is developing into a distrustful and anti-social society.
The Federation of Youth Groups survey of 2,026 people found that 80 per cent of respondents had never taken part in community activities.
It also found 68 per cent stayed away from neighbourhood gatherings.
About 15 per cent said they did not know any of their neighbours, while nearly 64 per cent said they would not trust any of them.
The federation's executive director, Dr Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, said the findings sent a worrying signal that Hong Kong people no longer bothered to maintain social networks outside the home.
'Allowing this situation to continue is certain to affect trust between people, weaken the spirit of mutual aid that is needed in a caring society, reduce people's participation in the community and further increase reliance on the Government.
'These are problems that have to be addressed,' Dr Wong said.