The survey, conducted by a research company on behalf of comparis.ch, asked more than 1,000 people across Switzerland their views on spying and being spied on.
Some 22 percent admitted to keeping an eye on their neighbours using binoculars, cameras and cameraphones, or through the spyhole of their front door.
The most popular reason for spying was to check out a neighbour’s plants (28 percent), followed by how they renovate their home (24 percent), and the way in which they behave with their children (18 percent) and partner (13 percent).
Those that do the most spying are in the 15-29 age bracket, while those aged between 60-74 are the least bothered by what their neighbours are up to.
The survey also asked respondents if they felt observed, with 48 percent of young people saying they do, against a national average of 40 percent. more