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Northern families 'argue less'

Northern families spend more time together and argue less frequently than those in the south, a new survey has found.

Families in the north also share more interests and live at home longer with their parents than their southern counterparts.

Relatives in the north seem to avoid tension, with a third (34%) of Scots and northerners claiming they never have family feuds compared to 15% of those living in the south.

A fifth (22%) of northerners and a third of those living in the Midlands (32%) either live, or plan to live, with their parents beyond the age of 24, but over a third (37%) of southerners leave home by the time they turn 20.

London families are the most isolated in Britain - one in five admit to not respecting their parents and 20% fail to get along with their siblings.

With Christmas approaching, the research identifies that northern families will be spending the most time together with over 65% planning to spend the festive season in the company of their extended family, compared to only 42% in the south.

And it is not just Christmas as 60% of families in the north claim to sit together for family meals at least three times a week - a figure only rivaled by those living in the Midlands, where 65% sit down with the family three or more times in an average week.

These finding contrasted sharply with southern families where less than a third of families (31%) admit to regular weekly family meals.

The research, commissioned to mark the The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa on digital TV channel GOLD at 9pm tonight, also revealed northern families are far more likely to stay together or live in close proximity than those in the south.

Some 20% of those living in the north claim to see their parents every day - a figure that dwarfs the 14% of people living in the south who see their parents daily.


From Belfast Telegraph