Welcome!

News Feed Item

The "Do-It-For-Me" Generation: Many Young Adults Unable to Carry Out Basic DIY Tasks

- One in six 18-24 year olds unable to change a light bulb

WALSALL, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 11/16/12 -- As young adults in the UK spend ever longer living at home with mum and dad, large numbers of them are unable to take the 'do-it-yourself' approach to fixing issues in the home, and are becoming the generation of 'do-it-for-me'. New research from HomeServe, Britain's leading home emergency and home insurance provider, reveals that many young Britons are unable to perform basic tasks like rewiring a plug or bleeding a radiator.

The study, which looked to examine the situations that UK adults felt would necessitate calling out a tradesman, found that two-thirds (66%) of 18-24 year olds didn't know how to rewire a plug, 63% couldn't bleed a radiator, and 59% wouldn't be able to clear a blocked gutter. Most startlingly of all, one in six (16%) did not even know how to change a light bulb.

Worryingly, the results illustrate that a majority of young people would be ill-equipped to cope in a range of home emergency situations - 57% didn't know what to do in order to help clear a blocked drain, while more than two-thirds (68%) would not know how to turn off their water supply in the event that a pipe burst, an essential step to minimising damage while waiting for a professional to arrive.

HomeServe Memberships CEO Jonathan King said: "These results appear to show that for many young people, learning do-it-yourself skills is no longer a priority. For many who live at home, or whose parents are always on hand to help, fixing things or knowing how to stop them going wrong may not be of great concern - but sooner or later, these are skills that we're all going to have to rely on. What is concerning is that many young people who are moving out on their own for the first time don't take up home emergency cover - when the evidence suggests that this is the group who are least equipped to cope with, or prevent, a home emergency situation."

But while many of the under-25s call upon their elders for DIY advice, three in 10 people over the age of 45 had to ask a younger friend or family member for help with more modern household tasks, with the most difficult skill being downloading music or video files from the internet - something that one in six (17%) struggled with. A similar proportion had to ask for help with uploading pictures to Facebook (16%), and burning or ripping CDs and DVDs (17%).

Younger people might argue that DIY expertise is no longer as relevant or useful as it once was, and that 21st century life has created a whole new set of skills that it is more valuable to know. Three-quarters (74%) of respondents said that being able to send a text message was essential knowledge for modern life, and 65% felt that it was very important to be able to change a mobile phone's battery or SIM card. The skill that was perceived as the most useful was being able to send emails with attachments, cited by 84%. Meanwhile, setting the VCR is a skill that is dying out - only 24% saw it as essential.

In many cases, a lack of confidence in one's own DIY abilities can lead to embarrassing blunders. Asked to describe the most embarrassing occasion on which they had called a tradesman out to the house, one in 200 mentioned nailing or drilling through a water main behind a wall or floorboard in true slapstick fashion. Other gaffes included a 'gas leak' that turned out to be smelly cat litter, another that was the result of a hole in a can of shaving foam, and a broken extractor fan which had been installed without an outlet. A further one in 100 described calling out a tradesman to fix their boiler, only to find that the thermostat was turned down.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                         % of 18-24 year  % of all UK adults
 DIY Task                                 olds unable to     (18+) unable to
                                          carry out task      carry out task
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Turning off the water supply                        68%                 21%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Rewiring a plug                                     66%                 25%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Bleeding a radiator                                 63%                 26%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Unblocking a gutter                                 59%                 32%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Changing a fuse                                     58%                 17%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Changing a washer                                   57%                 37%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Clearing a blocked drain                            57%                 34%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Getting rid of a mouse problem                      50%                 29%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Putting up wallpaper                                48%                 35%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Unblocking a sink                                   48%                 17%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Unblocking a toilet                                 46%                 28%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Putting up a shelf                                  37%                 26%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Hanging a picture                                   30%                 10%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Changing a light bulb                               16%                  4%
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Notes to editors:

All research conducted in October 2012 by Canadean Consumer on behalf of HomeServe. A sample of 2,000 UK adults aged 18 and over were consulted.

For more information, please contact either:

Joseph Bradfield on 020 7861 3931 / [email protected]

Michael Sheen on 020 7861 3013 / [email protected]

About HomeServe

Every minute a HomeServe engineer comes to the rescue of a British household.

With over 2,700 directly employed and sub-contracted engineers, HomeServe is a national emergency home repair service backed by a 24 hour claims handling and repair network.

HomeServe's new tradesmen service provides households with access vetted tradesmen who are qualified to carry out hundreds of different jobs around the home.

HomeServe tradesmen are guaranteed to turn up on time, to hold the necessary qualifications to do the job at hand, to provide a price before they start the job and will even guarantee their work for a 12 month period afterwards.

HomeServe also offers insurance for plumbing, drains, boiler cover, electrical wiring and gas central heating.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also co...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...
Cloud analytics is dramatically altering business intelligence. Some businesses will capitalize on these promising new technologies and gain key insights that’ll help them gain competitive advantage. And others won’t. Whether you’re a business leader, an IT manager, or an analyst, we want to help you and the people you need to influence with a free copy of “Cloud Analytics for Dummies,” the essential guide to this explosive new space for business intelligence.
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
"We're bringing out a new application monitoring system to the DevOps space. It manages large enterprise applications that are distributed throughout a node in many enterprises and we manage them as one collective," explained Kevin Barnes, President of eCube Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, ...
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
The cloud market growth today is largely in public clouds. While there is a lot of spend in IT departments in virtualization, these aren’t yet translating into a true “cloud” experience within the enterprise. What is stopping the growth of the “private cloud” market? In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, explored the challenges in deploying, managing, and getting adoption for a private cloud within an enterprise. What are the key differences between wh...
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) has announced that NoviFlow Inc.has deployed IxNetwork® to validate the company’s designs and accelerate the delivery of its proven, reliable products. Based in Montréal, NoviFlow Inc. supports network carriers, hyperscale data center operators, and enterprises seeking greater network control and flexibility, network scalability, and the capacity to handle extremely large numbers of flows, while maintaining maximum network performance. To meet these requirements, NoviFlow in...
SaaS companies can greatly expand revenue potential by pushing beyond their own borders. The challenge is how to do this without degrading service quality. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director at Anexia, discussed how IaaS providers with a global presence and both virtual and dedicated infrastructure can help companies expand their service footprint with low “go-to-market” costs.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Redis is not only the fastest database, but it is the most popular among the new wave of databases running in containers. Redis speeds up just about every data interaction between your users or operational systems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Dave Nielsen, Developer Advocate, Redis Labs, will share the functions and data structures used to solve everyday use cases that are driving Redis' popularity.