The under 35s who can’t boil an egg or change a lightbulb: Survey finds growing numbers who still live at home do not know basic skills
A third of young adults cannot change a lightbulb while a quarter admit they can’t even boil an egg, according to a survey.
The research among 25 to 34 year olds – many of whom still live with their parents – appears to show they are losing the skills older generations took for granted, as 77 per cent say they couldn’t fix a bike puncture and 68 per cent can’t wire a plug.
And, surprisingly, newer technology leaves many stumped as well, with 23 per cent admitting they can’t use a washing machine while 41 per cent wouldn’t know how to connect a blu-ray player to a TV.
What’s the story here? Is it really that young people are inept at basic life skills and simply can’t function out on their own? Or is it that a chain of bargain-basement, odds-and-ends shops wanted to grab a few cheap headlines?
Many of those surveyed by Poundland also admitted they couldn’t hang a picture, put a new washer in a dripping tap, decorate a room or iron a shirt or blouse.
Simon Twigger from Poundland, said: ‘It’s quite surprising to see the shift in what young Brits see as key life skills to learn.
‘The older generation still have these domestic skills whereas the younger generation have a lot to learn.
‘Fingers crossed they learn a few of them by the time they move out to avoid paying unnecessary handy man costs.’
Poundland. If ever there were a fitting brand to be employing Bad PR tactics, it’s Poundland.