A new study has discovered most millennials don’t know; how to wire a plug, the number of feet in a yard and how to multiply without using a calculator.
In fact, researchers discovered older people are more likely to know how to do these simple tasks, which include; how to write a formal letter, how to change a car tyre and how to play chess.
The poll of 2,000 adults found, those aged over 55-year-old’s are less likely to turn on spell check but are more likely to know when to use correct grammatical terms.
The research, which was commissioned by Bupa, also revealed 58 per cent of older people know how to get stains out of clothes, while 31 per cent of millennials, those aged 25-34, are unsure.
Joan Elliott, Managing Director at Bupa Care Homes, spoke about the survey:
There are plenty of useful skills which are being lost between generations.
There’s so much we can learn from our older generations, but there’s a real danger we’re losing valuable life skills and pastimes.
Thankfully these things are easy to pass between generations, we just need to find time to start the conversations.
Of course, there’s also a thing called Google which hosts a wealth of information.
The research also discovered, while half of millennials can iron a shirt, 84 per cent of senior citizens are putting them to shame with their pure ironing skills.
Honestly though, I thought just hanging a shirt on a door handle would have the same effect as ironing it?
While 75 per cent of older people can rewire a plug, only 17 per cent of millennials believe they could do the simple DIY task.
The elderly also lead the way in culinary skills too, with those aged over 55-years-old being most likely to know how to bake without referring to a recipe book.
They can also guess the weight of ingredients just by looking at them.
But isn’t this what scales are for?
The survey also found almost three quarters of adults feel young people don’t have the same levels of general knowledge as older generations, due to a reliance on the internet.
In fact, 81 per cent of people admit they turn to the internet in search of answers.
However, we hate how much we have to turn to the internet for help with 87 per cent of all adults wishing they had more practical skills.
Not all of us use the internet though. Apparently, one in five adults still consult a book.
It also emerged 62 per cent of people agree older generations tend to be wiser, with almost 40 per cent of millennials turning to older relatives if they have any questions.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.