Admit it ... you totally freak out when your doorbell rings or you hear a knock on the door. While some of us might pray really hard that it's Hugh Jackman standing on the other side of the door, the reality is a knock or ring typically means a stranger is standing outside our doorstep.

Thanks to the popularity of mobile devices, the days of simply dropping by because we happened to be in the neighborhood are long gone. In fact, can you even think of the last time you showed up at the doorstep of a family member or friend unannounced? Probably not. Nowadays we call or text before coming over, so that pretty much eliminates anyone we actually want to see on our doorstep.

So how do you react when there's someone at your door? Do you hide or try to steal a peek through a window or peephole? Reactions can run the gamut, but we can probably agree that ringing doorbells scare the hell out of us!

In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently reported on a poll on Twitter where over half of respondents said "doorbells are scary weird." The poll received over 11,000 votes.

My how far we've come from the days when a ringing doorbell simply meant company. Perhaps it would be best to let American stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalo explain the differences between now and then.

In this Forever 39 podcast, we reveal how we handle it when a stranger is at the door. And yes, we do freak out!

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— Annette and Megan, Forever 39

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