Gen­er­a­tion hope­less! Mil­lions can’t change a bulb

Daily Mail - - News - By Sean Poul­ter Con­sumer Af­fairs Editor

MIL­LIONS of young adults strug­gle with sim­ple tasks such as chang­ing a light bulb or boil­ing an egg, a sur­vey sug­gests.

A gen­er­a­tion that has grown up us­ing com­put­ers is all fin­gers and thumbs when it comes to per­form­ing phys­i­cal tasks.

As­ton­ish­ingly, one in five ad­mit they are not con­fi­dent about chang­ing a bulb, and the same pro­por­tion claim not to know how to boil an egg.

Al­most half of adults un­der 35 say they do not know how to cook a meal with­out us­ing a recipe. And four out of ten un­der-25s con­fessed that they rely on the in­ter­net to learn the DIY skills that, in the past, they might have picked up at school or from their par­ents.

Easter used to be the big­gest DIY week­end of the year with mil­lions car­ry­ing out tasks but this trend has di­min­ished in the past ten years, not least be­cause young adults do not have the skills or in­cli­na­tion to do jobs around the house.

The sur­vey, funded by in­sur­ance com­pany Aviva, also found that four in ten would not know how to change a baby’s nappy and more than six in ten had no idea how to change a flat tyre.

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