Column: Millennials need to get to grips with basics

A survey has revealed that a shocking one in five people don't know how to boil an egg. A poll of over 2,000 adults revealed that many struggle with basic tasks, including how to change a light bulb.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 24 April, 2017, 10:26

A third admitted cooking a full meal without a recipe was beyond them, whilst half said they'd be clueless when it came to changing a nappy. The study, carried out by Aviva, revealed more than 60 per cent would be at a loss if they found themselves with a flat car tyre.

I sympathise with this, but that's why I’ve got roadside assistance. But how these non-egg boilers reached adulthood is beyond me. Even as a child I could do all these things because I was taught how to be self-sufficient.

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Changing a plug also seemed like a doddle at the time, but when my portable TV continually flickered on and off, a friend suggested he’d take a look. He was stunned to discover I’d shoved all the excess wires into a huge bundle, hence my interrupted supply. It was, he declared, a complete death trap, and I was never trusted to change a plug again. But as most things come with plugs already attached these days, I realise it’s not a necessity. I’m still not confident on all things motoring, but I’ll have a bash.

I can, however, tile a whole kitchen and bathroom, and (thanks to my first flat) I know how to hang wallpaper, sand and varnish floorboards, do basic plumbing, and fit an old-fashioned fireplace from scratch. You see, back then I couldn’t afford to pay anyone else to do it, so I had to learn - fast!