Video doorbells have taken the world (or at least parts of it) by storm, with many of us monitoring who's at our door from our armchair – or holiday sun lounger 1,000 miles away. But despite their prevalence, it seems that hoards of us don't even bother ringing. Nope, we just walk right in.
This according to a study* carried out this week which reveals that, surprisingly, 53 per cent of us just walk straight on in, without being welcomed at the door by the homeowner.
When asked why they walk straight in, the top responses were, ‘they just told me to walk in’ (37 per cent, fair enough) and ‘they don’t always hear me knock the door/ring the doorbell’ (35 per cent, they obviously don't have a video doorbell, then, or they'd know).
And, when asked how they expect their friends and family to enter their homes, the study found that two thirds don’t like it when those that are close to them knock on the door, 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, obviously don't live in London, then), ‘I’m too lazy to answer the door’ (29 per cent, watching Poldark? We get you.), and ‘I tend to ignore the door when someone knocks as it’s usually a cold caller’ (18 per cent, obviously do live in London then).
We're betting these answers be different if all the respondents had a smart doorbell? Of those surveyed, 89 per cent said they would consider purchasing a video doorbell to be able to see who was at the door without having to stop what they were doing. And 32 per cent said the only thing holding them back was the cost.
With this surprising amount of people leaving their doors unlocked so friends and family can enter freely, this clearly brings to light the question of security, too. Keeping your door locked should really be a given, and with the latest smart home tech, this doesn’t necessary mean that you have to get up to open the door every single time your sister comes round.
From video doorbells and even smart doors with facial recognition to mobile apps where your friends and family simply scan their phones to enter a house, the death of the (traditional) doorbell, needn’t necessarily mean a compromise on safety.
But what does this change in attitude say about us as a nation? Not only are we opening up our homes by favouring large open-plan layouts, losing small private hideaways in favour of open kitchen diners where everyone can come together, but we’re turning our retreats into open houses (quite literally).
And with plenty of media attention placed on us all being glued to our phones in favour of real life relationships, it's a sign that we are, in fact, still popping into each other’s houses for a cuppa and a chat. Quite refreshing. Though we'd still advise a tight hold on good home security...
*Study by by Duette