The youth of today simply aren’t as good as the previous generation, we hear all the time, from companies who feel such a message provides a useful vehicle for getting their brand name into the media. Take, for instance:
Today’s youths aren’t switched on enough to change a lightbulb
BRITISH youngsters are not such bright sparks when it comes to DIY – with one in six clueless about how to change a LIGHTBULB, according to a new study.
As young Brits spend ever longer living at home with their parents, the ability to carry out basic DIY seems to have taken a dive.
A staggering 63 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds admitted they couldn’t bleed a radiator, while a further 58 per cent wouldn’t know how to change a fuse.
NOW THE YOUNG ARE DIY DUNCES
Two-thirds do not know how to turn off a water supply, a survey of 18 to 24-year-olds found. Almost as many are unable to change a fuse.
As ever, the information may or may not be correct, but that isn’t really the point – the only point here is that somebody wanted to get their name into the press, and felt this would be a useful way of doing so. And who was that someone?
Jonathan King, of HomeServe, said: “These results appear to show that for many young people, learning DIY skills is no longer a priority.
“For many who live at home with parents, fixing things may not be of great concern but sooner or later these are skills that will be relied upon.”