By Katherine Clarkson
When it comes to changing car tyres or putting up shelves, half of the British population haven’t got a clue, according to a new survey.
Tyres maintenance, darning socks and basic DIY are among the skills once regarded as essential to get through life, says the website Ask.com.
Yet today’s population is more adept at computer and technology-related skills, with 92 per cent able to send a text and 70 per cent of adults able to set up a Facebook account, according to their research.
Younger adults appear to be the worst offenders. They are dab hands at illegally downloading music and films, yet they struggle with the concepts of baking a cake, changing a lock or knotting a tie.
However, the situation may well be changing as some of the forgotten skills could now be seen as potential moneysavers.
Ask.com commissioned the survey after noticing a big rise in searches for ‘how to’ guides, from car maintenance to baking bread – possibly to save cash in the current economic downturn.
Nadia Kelly, of Ask.com, said: ‘Suddenly people are discovering they can save money if they know how to darn a sock, fix a trouser hem or handle some basic DIY without having to call out an expert.’