In fact, we found that 85% of respondents consider it a right to have privacy at home, yet one in four are concerned that they’re not getting the privacy they need. There are a number of reasons for the disconnect, but how we live, who we live with and the role we play at home all play a part.
The good news is that the opportunity for downtime comes in all shapes and sizes. Turns out, private time doesn’t mean you have to be alone, shut off from the world outside. It can arise in a crowded cinema, or on a long walk through the city. It might happen while you’re working in a public library or dancing with wild abandon at a party. There are countless routes to find it, even in our busy and crowded lives.
Here, we’ve mapped out the four different types of privacy, based on a framework created by author and professor Alan Westin back in 1967. It feels as relevant today as it was back then. By expanding the notion of privacy beyond just ‘being alone’, we believe we’re more likely to find the breathing space we need in all kinds of spaces and places.