Millennials are phasing out the doorbell for a surprising reason: they find it terrifying.
According to a recent article published in The Wall Street Journal, the generation prefers to text or call upon arriving at someone’s house.
"If you are used to communicating with people solely through text messages, Kick or Snapchat why would you alert someone to your presence through any other means," said Christopher Mims, a technology columnist who wrote the article.
Mims said the number one response to the article was that people find doorbells “disruptive”.
However, doorbell phobia is also to blame.
"Doorbell phobia is definitely a real thing, there are tonnes of tweets about it, people half joking about my doorbell having rung and I’m not going to check it," said Mims.
It's also very likely that anyone ringing your doorbell will be a stranger.
"One thing to think about is if you are of a certain generation, I think it’s more than 90 per cent of people aged 18 to mid-twenties have a smartphone. If you assume that absolutely anyone is reachable by those means that anyone who is ringing your door is going to be an outsider," Mims explained.
What do you think? Do you still use a doorbell? Or do you prefer to text upon arrival?