Loads of 22 y/os can't do basic household tasks

22 year olds are useless

According to a new survey by WeRoom.com almost a third of us are unable to operate a boiler or roast a chicken at age 22. Okay, the boiler one we understand but roasting a chicken is just like, putting it in and turning the oven on, isn’t it?

A further 17 per cent of Brits are unable to use a washing machine, while 14 per cent of Brits are unable change a hoover bag. In fact, one in 10 men even admitted to not knowing how to chop an onion. If you've ever lived in a houseshare it's probably not surprising to you that around 20% of people don't know how to use a dishwasher, use a washing machine or clean an oven.

Here are just some of the things people are unable to do when they first move out of their Mum's house:

  1. Roast a chicken (31 per cent)
  2. Operate a boiler (31 per cent)
  3. Register for a TV license (22 per cent)
  4. Change a fuse (21 per cent)
  5. Use a dishwater (21 per cent)
  6. Use a washing machine (19 per cent)
  7. Clean an oven (17 per cent)
  8. Turn radiators on and off (15 per cent)
  9. Register to vote (14 per cent)
  10. Change a hoover bag (14 per cent)

It’s not only practical tasks that young people are useless at, apparently 14% of us move out of our parents house (at an average age of 22) without knowing how to register to vote - no wonder young people are always underrepresented at the polls!

According to the poll 74% of us pick up these vital life skills from the people we live with, and it showed that the next most popular ways 18-24 year olds gained skills were via Google (35 per cent) or watching YouTube videos (20 per cent). In contrast, half (45 per cent) of Brits over 55 years old say they picked up life skills by watching their parents and almost a third of 45-54 year olds learnt by trial and error.

The survey revealed that us 18-24 year olds are much less handy than our parents, with the data suggesting that almost half (48 per cent) of 18-24 year olds having a lack of understanding on how to change a fuse, compared to just 16 per cent of 55+ year olds when they first moved out.

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