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Unpractical Britain

Most people are guilty of turning to the internet for answers in today’s tech-savvy world, but just how much is this affecting people’s ability to DIY?

Our survey of 2,000 UK adults – 1,000 under 45s and 1,000 over 45s - has revealed that, as a nation, we are now lacking essential skills to run a house or maintain a car.

Our data reveals that (on average) 53% of drivers now cannot change a car tyre, and nearly half of all respondents (44%) cannot unblock a toilet.

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Other findings reveal that more than 7 out of 10 people aren’t able to fix a leaky tap in their home and over 60% are incapable of fixing a simple bike puncture.

The statistics could point to ‘generation rent’, with more people living with their parents for longer, or renting and turning to their landlords or professionals to deal with jobs around the home instead of teaching themselves how to do it.

When it comes to generation gaps, the 18-24 year olds seem to fall short of practical life skills, with nearly 70% unable to descale a kettle. Likewise, less than one third of the 18-24 year olds said they could change a fuse in a plug, compared to 8 out of 10 of the 55+ respondents.

When seeking help to fix practical problems, people are still asking their dads for advice, with 30% of all respondents going to dad for help, compared to just 15% asking their mum.

Close behind Dad is now Google, with 29% of respondents reaching for the search engine for help with their housekeeping problems. It also seems people are choosing tech over a tradesman (10%), with more people using YouTube (19%) when searching for help.


However, despite the younger generation’s supposed familiarity with technology, when it comes to a simple task such as backing up a computer, only 59% of 18-24 year old respondents said that they could do it - surprisingly similar to the 56% of over 55s, meaning computers can still baffle both generations.

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