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Over Half Of Brits No Longer Use Doorbells Because We're Scared Of Human Interaction

Over Half Of Brits No Longer Use Doorbells Because We're Scared Of Human Interaction

RIP the humble doorbell.

Yes, it seems the demise of the ding-dong is truly upon us as Brits are shunning the home alerting tool in favour of texting or simply walking straight in.

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In fact, new research has found that 53 per cent of us admitted to not knocking or using the doorbell when visiting friends or family at their home.

Credit: Qim Manifester/Unsplash
Credit: Qim Manifester/Unsplash

The research, carried out by Duette, surveyed over 2,200 British adults regarding changing habits about people visiting their home.

While we once walked up to our friend's door, rang the bell and eagerly waited to see who would answer, we're now side-stepping the human interaction element altogether.

The research found our main reasons for shunning the doorbell is being told to "walk straight in" by friends or family members (37 per cent), and being aware the person in the house may not hear when you're at the door (35 per cent).

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It also found two fifths (41 per cent) of participants prefer to text or call when they are outside their friend's house, but aren't planning to go in.

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Credit: Unsplash

When asked about people calling at their own home, 65 per cent of people said they didn't like it when those closest to them ring or knock, preferring them to walk straight in. The top reasons for this were "I know they're coming, they might as well just walk in" (31 per cent), "I'm too lazy to answer the door" (29 per cent) and "I tend to ignore the door when someone knocks as it's usually a cold caller" (18 per cent).

"While it's clear that Britons still love the doorbell and many still have one, instead preferring to use a doorbell instead of knocking on the door, it appears that Britons just aren't interacting with others the way they used to and many now simply walk into the homes of those they know without forward warning," said Duette's Ashleigh Noon.

The debate was also a hot topic on Twitter recently, with people giving firsthand opinions on why they prefer not to use the doorbell.


"The doorbell legit scares me now. I jump every time. It just seems so aggressive now when you could just text," said one person.

"If you're ringing my doorbell it means idk you and you came unannounced and thus gives me no obligation to open my door," offered another.

"Hell no. I'm texting you I'm here at least two miles away to make sure you're at the door when i pull up," said another.

Another had the clever idea to invent a doorbell that texts the person whose home you're at when you've arrived. Clever!

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Topics: Life, Life News

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK. Please contact her on ciarasheppard@hotmail.co.uk.

 

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