Survey: 1 In 5 Adults In The UK Can’t Change A Lightbulb, Boil An Egg

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Good grief…what in the world is wrong with people?
From StudyFinds.org: Are you handy enough that if a lightbulb went out in your home you’d be able to change it? Believe it or not, one in five people aren’t so skilled. In fact, a new survey of people in the United Kingdom finds not only do about 20 percent of people not know how to change a bulb — the same number aren’t sure how to boil an egg, either.
The British insurance company Aviva recently released their annual Home Report which detailed, among numerous findings about how people do work around the house, relatively common tasks that people encounter. The company surveyed 2004 people across the UK in February and March about their habits and roles at home.
In addition to just one in five not being able to change a lightbulb or boil an egg, the survey found that nearly a third of the participants couldn’t cook any meal on the fly. And if someone were to spill a portion of their meal on their clothes or on the floor, only 59 percent would know how to get rid of the resulting stain. Only 37 percent could change a flat tire.
The findings were even surprising to the folks behind the study.
“As a nation we tend to take pride in our ability to do things ourselves in and around the home, so it’s a surprise to see there could be a skills gap in places,” says Aviva Propositions Director Adam Beckett in a press release. “That said, we also know that people lead busy lives, so while we enjoy doing things ourselves, we also appreciate the opportunity to leave things to a professional from time to time, particularly with some of the more challenging jobs.”
Interestingly, while 50 percent of those surveyed said they learned how to do a home task on their by trial and error, plenty of people are turning to the internet for help, especially millennials. The study found four in 10 people aged 25 and under prefer learning do-it-yourself chores online. That’s more than twice the number in the age group who turn to an actual book for help.
Here’s a look at the polled tasks and the number of people who indicated they could successfully complete them:

 Task Percentage who feel confident doing this task
Boil an egg 81%
Change a light bulb 79%
Cook a complete meal without using a recipe 69%
Read a map 66%
Sew on a button 65%
Unblock a sink 62%
Remove a stain from a carpet or clothing 59%
Change a baby’s nappy 57%
Wire a plug 57%
‘Bleed’ a radiator 53%
Check oil levels in a car 53%
Put up a shelf 47%
Put up wallpaper 39%
Change a flat tyre 37%
Change a washer on a tap 30%
Fit tiles 22%

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Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago

God help us.

harpertwo
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn: How many Liberals does it take to change a light bulb? It’s takes five, one to hold the bulb and four to turn the ladder.

Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
3 years ago
Reply to  harpertwo

HA HA HA HA! Brilliant!

marblenecltr
3 years ago

To answer your first question, nothing. People are developing skills in community activism so that they can order the competent how they should do what the incompetent are not capable of doing. (Sarc.)

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago

Ah, the fruits of the unspoken spoiled modern notion that learning anything practical hurts one’s children’s “potential” to advance… Eloi, anyone?comment image

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Bill Whittle made the same observation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBVjbYMG6dE

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Zorro
Zorro
3 years ago

Simply pitiful!

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
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Jurist
Jurist
3 years ago

90%, however, know how to ask “the government” how to relieve them of their plight using others’ money.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  Jurist

Jurist . . . I think you have hit on the very problem. In large measure, people who are proficient in their own lives, do not WANT or NEED the government to “take care of them.” Since the UK, and for that matter the US is not long behind them, have instituted taking care of the nation’s citizens, people have ceased learning how to be proficient. Whereas, if the government were not meddling (relieving some people of their wages to give to others) in the lives of their citizens, each person, or family would have a vested interest in learning… Read more »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
3 years ago
Reply to  Jurist

Absolutely-just tell ’em what you’re trying to do and they can list ALL the forms you’ll need to download,print,complete and who you need to deliver ’em to. (They’re ALSO pretty good at Movie Trivia.)

Dave
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Dave
3 years ago

LOL – Actually, I have problems boiling eggs at times because I tend to over-cook them to the point the sulfur gets pulled out of the yoke.

Dave
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Dave
3 years ago
Reply to  DCG

Thanks, DCG.
I’ll keep that in mind, as I hate the smell of sulfur. 🙁

cogitoergosumantra
3 years ago

I was going to write something snarky, but I couldn’t figure this darned “keyboard” thingy out… All I see are upper-case letters; how am I supposed to type? Gah!

daveyone1
3 years ago
CalGirl
3 years ago

I’ve noticed over 30 yrs in this vein that we’ve become a “service industry” nation…but the prob IS…those supposedly in business to provide “service” are ignorant in their “fields” of employ. The same “accountability standards” that apply to white collar employees, i.e., teachers, bankers, CPA’s, clergy, doctors, nurses–so on….have NOT “trickled down” into the service industry. So many times, the service industry recruits off the street/provides minimal training..& the result is…very uneven/unsatisfactory, sometimes damaging delivery of “services” for which we pay through the nose. Example: It took us 30 YEARS..going thru’ roofing company after roofing company to find the source… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
3 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Sadly, lots of folk (even from professional fields, who’ve hung out their own shingle at it) want only the low-hanging fruit scripted answers can secure and turn up their noses at anything requiring effort (you know, which their particular trade is supposed to perform) today. If Joe Blow can look it up on the Internet and get it wrong, what’s the difference any more? Having to pay for it or not, that’s it?

Glenn47
Glenn47
3 years ago

None of this is actually surprising. For years the schools have been used as propaganda vehicles instead of teaching institutions. Many households have no father, so there goes a lot of the mechanical teachings.
These are the same people that think a Muslim mayor is good for London.
They should at least know right is tight, left is loose, and poop runs downhill and payday in Friday…you’re welcome.

Steven Broiles
3 years ago

Next they’ll try to change an egg and boil a lightbulb!

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