Survey: 1 in 5 adults can’t change a lightbulb, boil an egg


LONDON — Are you handy enough that if a lightbulb went out in your home you’d be able to change it? Believe it or not, one in five people aren’t so skilled. In fact, a new survey of people in the United Kingdom finds not only do about 20 percent of people not know how to change a bulb — the same number aren’t sure how to boil an egg, either.

The British insurance company Aviva recently released their annual Home Report which detailed, among numerous findings about how people do work around the house, relatively common tasks that people encounter. The company surveyed 2004 people across the UK in February and March about their habits and roles at home.

A stunning new survey from the United Kingdom found that one in five people did not know how to change a lightbulb or boil an egg.

In addition to just one in five not being able to change a lightbulb or boil an egg, the survey found that nearly a third of the participants couldn’t cook any meal on the fly. And if someone were to spill a portion of their meal on their clothes or on the floor, only 59 percent would know how to get rid of the resulting stain.

Only 37 percent could change a flat tire.

The findings were even surprising to the folks behind the study.

“As a nation we tend to take pride in our ability to do things ourselves in and around the home, so it’s a surprise to see there could be a skills gap in places,” says Aviva Propositions Director Adam Beckett in a press release. “That said, we also know that people lead busy lives, so while we enjoy doing things ourselves, we also appreciate the opportunity to leave things to a professional from time to time, particularly with some of the more challenging jobs.”

Interestingly, while 50 percent of those surveyed said they learned how to do a home task on their by trial and error, plenty of people are turning to the internet for help, especially millennials. The study found four in 10 people aged 25 and under prefer learning do-it-yourself chores online. That’s more than twice the number in the age group who turn to an actual book for help.

Here’s a look at the polled tasks and the number of people who indicated they could successfully complete them:


 Task Percentage who feel confident doing this task
Boil an egg 81%
Change a light bulb 79%
Cook a complete meal without using a recipe 69%
Read a map 66%
Sew on a button 65%
Unblock a sink 62%
Remove a stain from a carpet or clothing 59%
Change a baby’s nappy  57%
Wire a plug 57%
‘Bleed’ a radiator 53%
Check oil levels in a car 53%
Put up a shelf 47%
Put up wallpaper 39%
Change a flat tire  37%
Change a washer on a tap  30%
Fit tiles 22%

Click here to read the entire report, which broke down the findings by age groups and revealed many other interesting results.


    1. The British insurance company Aviva recently released their annual Home Report which detailed, among numerous findings about how people do work around the house, relatively common tasks that people encounter. The company surveyed 2004 people across the UK in February and March about their habits and roles at home.

    1. Which means that in this day and age, with education at the nadir the Leftwingnuts have achieved, the majority of people, specially the young left to the tender mercies of government and Liberal Universities, will be guaranteed to be perpetually stupid; and therefore, malleable to the whims of demagogues.

      1. Stupid- given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner.
        The ‘stupid’ person can be educated by circumstances, observation, experiences or the educational system.
        So people are inherently stupid but life itself will educate them if they want to learn..

    2. Not correct – they are inherently IGNORANT until they are educated. If they are stupid, they are incapable of learning and education is wasted..

      1. Stupid- given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner.
        The ‘stupid’ person can be educated by circumstances, observation, experiences or the educational system.
        So a people are inherently stupid but life itself will educate them if they want to learn.

  1. This is funny and sad at the same time, funny because that many people are so deficient in basic life skills and sad because it is actually representative of the populations of most modern countries, several years ago they did a similar survey in the US and it was shocking how many couldn’t hem a skirt or cook a roast. If everything collapses how are these people going to survive when there is no grocery store or power, these will be the first ones to go. I shutter to think what would happen if they were told to kill and prepare their own food, do mechanical work on their own vehicle, or cut down a tree for fire wood, watching it would be comical but probably also deadly.

    1. yes it is sad and the odds are that there will be some collapse of some kind and the people that will make it are the ones that live in the sticks and do what you said every day.

  2. labor supporters dont need to know how to do anything since the government will do it all for them

  3. The Brits are so stupid. They’ve lost,on average, 12 IQ points in the last 90 years, along with Canada and Australia.

      1. That and a politicized, dumbed-down education, utter vilification of anything to do with God, and a mass media dishing out nothing but stories about public sex, debauchery, electronic gadgetry and a tsunami of vile gossip about vile people.

      1. Americans have increased IQ’s , especially so if you get rid of all the illegal from Central and South America, and Eurotrash

    1. That distinction does not, in any conceivable way, make their utter inability to perform a simple task any less pathetic. 🙂

    2. Oh Yeah, the picture in the article shows “screw-in” types of light blubs – no mention of fluorescents. However, an “engineering degree” is not [usually] required to change light blubs. .

  4. The problem is that it’s young adults who don’t know how to do anything. They weren’t educated. They were indoctrinated in liberal ideas.

    1. Most of the skills listed are those that actually end up taught by mothers and fathers to their children. However, in the UK of modernity, far too many children actually end up raising them selves under the inept guidance of governance. The family is the most basic unit of both societies and economies by human nature. Leftist progressive liberals unknowingly trample all over families in the culture and the Jewish and Christian religions dominant in western cultures. The results manifest themselves by having social structure destroyed by wholly dependent, ignorant, selfish, narcissistic, egotistical citizens that tend to be violent, immoral, and irresponsible.

      1. All true except the “unknowingly” Liberal mayhem is purposeful and evil. BTW, it’s the same way here in some parts of the USA.

        1. Absolutely correct. Nothing at all “unknowing” about it – it’s at work 24/7, and it’s a deliberate and intentional agenda, an agenda to control every aspect of peoples’ lives and destroy critical thinking. That’s the meat and potatoes of political correctness.

      2. My guess is that the one in four who can’t change a lightbulb are either Obama or Labour supporters.
        Q: How do you change a lightbulb in public housing?
        A: Call your MP.

        1. How many snowflakes does it take to change light bulb ? One to hold the bulb and 10 to turn the ladder.

          1. Q. How many Venezuelans does it take to change a light bulb?

            A. What difference at this point does it make? The power is still out due to lack of bad government planning!

          2. How many Venezuelans does it take to change a bulb? None. First there are no bulbs to change, second there are no bulbs to replace them with, third there is no electricity!

          3. How many? One to steal the bulb from the evil company that won’t give all people access to quality, affordable lighting; one to install the new bulb; one to make a propaganda video of the triumphant proletariat; and one to decry Capitalism for the light going out (when the nationalized electric company messes up the grid).

            They nationalize every successful business, thinking they’ll have money rolling in. Unfortunately, none of them understands how to run a business, so said money/revenue dries up. All they do is redistribute wealth, not create it.

          4. The power is out there because of socialism. Eventually in the end this is what happens with communism..
            You end up starving in the dark with nothing.

          5. Communism begins with a gun in your face, Socialism ends with a gun in your face. Just look at what is happening in Venezuela.

          6. Totalitarians don’t honor Constitutional commitments, so it wouldn’t make a difference if Venezuelans had the right to bear arms.

          7. yes…..all traces back to the moment thy discovered that other people’s money had dried up.

          8. Look at the bright side. Socialism is the foremost weight-loss diet ever devised.

          9. bernie sanders wants to bring venezuelan management techniques to America.

            of course, he never had a full time job unti he was 40

          10. Did you know that before 40 Bernie wrote porn books, the cheezy paperback kind ?

          11. Only the weirdly deranged state of Vermont could have elected that doddering old lip-bibbling ninny. The people of that state are a national embarrassment and should be forcibly expelled from the union without delay.

          12. Q. How many Microsoft employees does it take to change a light bulb?

            A. Zero. The Microsoft CEO just declares darkness the new industry standard.

          13. As a 25 year computing professional – this made me laugh so hard I snorted. So true.

          14. You’re short a few people .. like who is going to call the bulb racist for not changing itself, and who is going to call the government for assistance?

          15. One of the stars of Nicolas Cage’s movie “Gone In Sixty Seconds” was the blacklight they used to read the shopping list….!

          16. I thought you were going to say one to perceive it as a micro-aggression and 9 to help him get to a safe space.

          17. Only takes one woman to change a light bulb. She just holds the bulb and the world revolves around her.

          18. …A woman liberal. Conservative women are family oriented. It only takes one of them too, because they know the world does not revolve around them, so they change it themselves.

          19. I thought the answer was 2 – 1 snowflake to cry that the lightbulb is destroying the evironment and 1 NON snowflake to actually change the light bulb????

          20. 1 – the snowflake holds the bulb and waits for the world to revolve around him/her!

          21. 1 – the snowflake holds the bulb and waits for the world to revolve around him/her!

            ….in the dark while on a Microsoft Windows computer….!

            In related news….

            Q. How many Microsoft employees does it take to change a light bulb?

            A. Zero…because the Microsoft CEO just declared Darkness ™ the new industry standard.

            So they will be sitting there a really loooong time!

          22. No, only two. One to hold the light bulb, and one to call in a conservative who knows how to do it.

            Oh, wait a minute, it is three: One more, to organize a protest march against the conservative and his ilk for not anticipating the problem and changing the light bulb in advance.

          23. But it doesn’t end there, you also need a whole support network and counseling group for the person who had to make that phone call. Then you also need a ghost writer to help write an account of their horrible ordeal and a PR firm to set up a speaking tour regarding the responsibilities of making a phone call. It goes on from there. It takes a tribe, or a village, or a town or something, you know.

          24. How do I know I live in a conservative city?

            I noticed that there are city light bulb changers who go out on a regular schedule and change streetlight light bulbs….

            Light bulbs that have not gone out yet….

            Like clockwork.

          25. They can’t change the light bulb, only remove the old one because they can only turn the new one to the left…

        2. Q. How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?

          A. CHANGE IT??? They don’t know HOW! Now if you want someone to scr*w a light bulb….

        3. Dependent on the state from diapers to Depends. These people are slaves and are too ignorant to recognize that fact.

          1. Must be a great place to work. My place, some bonehead “parental blocked” all of the conservative tv news channels in our employee break area. Then when I turned the volume down on those stupid daytime tv shows, they said don’t be childish, leave the volume alone… go figure!

        4. They cant change a light bulb…
          I bet every damn one of them vote labour party or would vote Democrat.
          Then turn around and Demand there be a department of lightbulbs/boiling eggs
          At tax payer expense .

        5. Here in the US it’s been shown that one in three Obama supporters can’t change a light bulb and and an average of one in nine electrocuted themselves while trying.

          1. Not true! If it were true, Obmanation would never have been reelected.


          2. Incandescent 100-watt light bulbs. But you can still buy them. They are still manufactured for markets outside the US. Get online, and you can order all you want, even if you’re in the US. The only thing is, the jackets holding them will be printed in Spansih or French. But they still cast light, no matter what the language. Unlike leftists.

        6. How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

          That’s an excellent question. Do you think that the lightbulb wants to change? Before we start assigning emotions and desires to others (including inanimate, or differently animate objects) can we agree that we might want to talk to those others, including laying some agreed upon groundwork, some level of comfort and appropriate rules and feeling s of inclusion and equality, before we even consider suggesting change? And just as importantly, why is it the lightbulb automatically burdened with change? Shouldn’t we ask ourselves if perhaps WE should change?

          1. “Today President Trump keeps his campaign promise….”

            James P. Hoffa, President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

      3. Q:How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb?

        A: two, but how they got in it I don’t know.

      4. I would agree with everything you said here except the word ‘unknowingly’. Although your average lib / progressive may not be fully cognizant of these results of left leaning policy, it most certainly is part of the plan. Only the ignorant would vote this crap in so keeping people ignorant is among their objectives. They play dumb about the results so you know there is a lot of dishonesty going on there.

        1. Too late – the agenda is inculcated in academia and a part of everything they think and do. Young impressionable minds become shaped by it and emerge from the institutions full-fledged liberrhoids infused with a righteous political correctness affliction they don’t even realize they have. It’s a mental disease that permeates our society.

          1. Unfortunately you are correct. It still does not mean a percentage of them don’t figure out the truth. And it is possible to reach some of them.

      5. “The results manifest themselves by having social structure destroyed by wholly dependent, ignorant, selfish, narcissistic, egotistical citizens that tend to be violent, immoral, and irresponsible.”

        AND those are just Some of their Better ATTRIBUTES!


        1. …none of my kids got to drive until they had taken the jack and lug wrench, and successfully rotated the tires on the car or truck they wanted to drive…I still had to bail all of them out of every conceivable foible a kid can do with a car, but it seems that until they screw up really badly all by themselves do they bother to learn the lesson…

      6. Ah, all true enough, but then “facebook” shows up in their lives, and provides all these hapless and helpless people the self-confidence they need to persevere, and a side benefit is all the “friends” who prop them up and offer support and validation – “friends” they’ll never even know. It’s a wonderful world we live in these days. 😉

        1. …you might just be surprised about that…there are a lot of really dumb very inept people out there…I know, because I’ve made a lot of money doing their simple chores that require only common sense and a bit of observation and a few basic tools…

      1. Leftist don’t even know what liberal or for that matter fascist even means.

        Their parents didn’t teach them not to use big words in public before they understand them. It’s all participation trophy protests.

        Complete drivel pressed by a media that is either complicit or too stupid to know what the big words mean as well.

        1. They like to make up words, terms, and slogans to bolster their claims. Would you rather be near a “gay” person or a sexual pervert? Oops I guess I’m a homophobe.

          1. Someone on one of these discussions used “proglodytes” which I thought was one of the best ever. I wish I had thought of it.

      2. Words evolve and new vocabulary is generated. Its all in ‘1984’? When people recognize progressive as a negative thing it changes to liberal. Thats essentially what ‘political correctness’ is all about. Have we not learnt a bunch of new vocabulary even within the last 10 years? ‘Micro aggression’, ‘safe space’, ‘gender’ all either new phrases or re-defined recently.

        I completely agree.

      3. Almost as good as the Austrians
        : They convinced the world that Mozart was Austrian and that Hitler in fact was German.

    2. The same young that had they have to fight a war for America’s survival would surrender to a fire cracker going off.

      1. But they’d be glad to put on a black outfit and a face mask and harass people who are not fighting back.

      2. After they duly reported said firecracker thrower to the EPA for violating air pollution standards…and littering.

          1. Maybe you should be a real man Brad and join up. I did my 28 years and never considered myself “Cannon Fodder” Why because I VOLUNTEERED and knew what I was getting myself into. Maybe not, sit at home play Xbox 1 and complain while the real men and women serve. We all know you liberals are girly men.

          2. Smedley Darlington Butler was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

            He wrote the book, War Is A Racket. He explains that all wars are banker’s wars.

            Maybe next time you won’t be so ignorant spouting your machismo and attack someone more knowledgeable than you.

            And BTW I think liberals are generally dumb people and l am a independent conservative.

          3. Anyone who believes that our military is “cannon fodder for the bankers” is not “more knowledgeable” than anyone. The fact that you read a single book that you choose to believe as gospel, does not make you knowledgeable; it just means you are easy to influence.

      1. You would be shocked the number of morons that call electricians to remove a broken bulb in a fixture. I charge $140.00 for a service call and one hour minimum labor .

        1. You are hardly a “Rev.” You are a user. What do you think that someone in a wheelchair is supposed to do with a light fixture they cannot reach, since ladders are not optional.

          Wow, you are a corker!

    3. You forget Liberals don’t need to do these menial tasks. We hire conservatives to do the shit jobs.

        1. SirDiesAlot, you forget though, they will want to pay you with your own money that they taxed/stole from you.

          1. While I would agree that some taxed money, maybe even most is stolen and you absolutely have a point, certainly some of it pays for the government services I do in fact use. But my main point is that I will work for an agreed price within the economy that presents itself to me. I’m not going to worry about what someone else is making or what they have kept from me. The equation revolves around what I can make and what I can live comfortably with. I believe in a good days work for a good days pay. You have to do something to justify your existence.

            All this envy crap is the illusion of the left. It is intended to foment resentment and unrest. I don’t want anything for nothing, I will work my way through weather it is a barter system or one with money. So long as I am able, I will work. Its the right thing to do.

            I hope you don’t subscribe to the idea that ones efforts do not create value that was not previously there. Surely peoples industriousness expands the metaphorical ‘pie’ and therefore the size of the ‘pie’ is limited only by the individual’s desire to make themselves more ‘pie’.

    4. That is also why liberals believe people are too stupid to be allowed to make their own decisions about just about anything, and that is why they want the government to control everything from banking to retirement, health care, etc..

    1. Yes. This is EXACTLY where globalist socialists want the average person; ignorant and cowed. Unwilling and unable to complete any task outside their little realm of indoctrinated, controlled “expertise”. The problem is that this makes western society an extremely brittle construct. If we go off the rails for any reason, a much larger percentage of people will die because of a lack of basic skills and mental toughness.

    1. Nah they use their puppy dog eyes to garner sympathy so some one with half a brain will do it for them.

    2. No, they dont, but they will be walked by the hand all the way through that process until they know every way to get more.

  5. Generation snowflake. Rest assured that a good university education will teach them that the solution to the problem is a massive new government program to dispatch bureaucrats in order to assist those in need of a lightbulb change…

    1. All the while pinning all the blame for all their unchanged, burnt bulbs, squarely at the feet of heterosexual white males and the capitalistic patriarchy they “control”…

  6. Keep calm, UK…in NYC nobody does anything for themselves cuz there’s an app or illegal alien for that.

  7. You know that rooster down the road……just squeeze it until an egg pops out. Ah low key loki….screwing an egg into a light socket is most challenging, too. I would hope that this study is flawed just a bit. The English can’t be that you know what.

  8. How many leftists does it take to change a bulb?


    One to attempt the feat, and 100 to march around the house and protest the fact that he’s causing ‘global warming.’

    1. Be respectful of the Brits, they stood alone against Hitler that is why we are having this conversation in English rather than German. Plus most of what we know in the U.S. we learned from the Britts. Jefferson, Addams, Washington, Franklin were ALL Britts.

      1. Washington was born in Virginia. John Adams was born in Massachusetts, Ben Franklin was also born in Massachusetts.

        1. Aw come on… The Kennedy s weren’t American Royalty? The Clintons didnt try? Obama wasn’t almost an American deity there for a while? No, we didnt learn that at all. FDR I mean how many times was he elected? Its essentially the same thing.

      2. I’d rather be speaking German than have to press 1 for English. I’d rather be speaking German than be surrounded by people who speak Spanish.

          1. The jews who run Hollywood and CNN and BBC claim Hitler was evil. Turn the TV off and do some research. Hitler did nothing wrong.

          2. The winners of wars write our history books.

            And real historical tragedies, like the Russian gulags, where at least 40 million people were killed aren’t made into movies. Because we both know who runs Hollywood and we both know who was behind the Bolshevik revolution and communism in the Soviet union/Russia.

          3. Made them too independ thinking…..which is a good thing in our world of propaganda and group think.

          4. You have the internet now, do some research about WWII. Jews won that war, Whites lost. Our government, universities and MSM are anti-White.

          5. He threw the bankers out ….that’s what got the world to stand against him. He actually won “Man of the Year” twice in Time magazine. Most people never knew this and many won’t even believe it.

  9. My sons are 26 and 23. They are in the first generation that it was practically guaranteed that BOTH parents worked. When the wife and I got home, it was easier to just do what needed to be done while the boys were at a video game or TV. Same on weekends. There was so much to do, that there was no time for the children to tag along and learn. We all know that it is quicker and easier to do things than it is to teach someone.

    I think this is why millennials have none of these basic skills.

  10. …this part of the study is amazing:

    Helping children with homework 35 minutes per week vs. Online shopping 67 minutes per week!


    1. One study l read about ten years ago said that the average American spent 3.5 hours watching tv a day and only engaged in about 2 minutes of meaninful conversation with their kids.

  11. When you change a tyre do you have to use your left hand to use the lug wrench? I guess they probably didn’t ask American’s this question, so British people should probably know how to change a tyre.

  12. that’s great! More job opportunities for my 3 kids (15, 13, 11) who can replace toilets, clean pool filters & lay slate tile! That’s only house chores not career path! & these ppl wonder why Elites call them peasants & believe they must be governed

  13. So too many Brits are almost helpless in the face of modernity. This must be a result of the nanny state installed by leftist progressive politicians. It also appears to be mostly those reared in the last quarter of the 20th century. Seemingly this is also the group that will be the first to die when the big push into the climate hoax causes the basic electrical infrastructure to die a rather sudden thrashing horrible death when the sustainable energy sources prove to be highly unreliable. One big massive CME can knock out the grids in the northern and southern climes where the magnetic poles do not redirect the ejected ionic materials so well. Both CME and EMP threats are arrogantly ignored by governments heavily involved in controlling the daily lives of their citizens and not so much so the basic jobs that only governance can do. If governance stayed with the tasks only governance can do and left the rest up to their citizens and the private economy these kinds of problems would not exist, and our infrastructure might then be protected from very real viable threats.

    1. I believe all the “predictive programming” about an EMP attack is being foisted on us because that is the elites plan……

      several major cities have lost power for a while recently. They were probably tests to see what tptb need to do and what effects it would have.

      North Korea will probably be the country they will blame it on.

      That’s why I believe has predicted such a huge population loss for America in 2024….

      1. …When I was working as an electronics engineer for the US Navy, I did a lot of work on EMP weapons both big and small, and even the small ones can do a lot of damage very quickly, very superstitiously, and very easily… A nuclear weapon air burst is the biggest EMP weapon and that is a very likely attack by terrorists now that there so many nuclear warheads unaccounted for since the fall of the USSR…. then there is Jong Un sitting on a small nuclear arsenal working on a delivery system that can hit the USA mainland… they can already take out Hawaii…

        1. I have a degree in physics and worked on semiconductor equipment in clean rooms for Texas Instruments. This makes me very aware of how vulnerable our current society is to a loss of power and the destruction of all the fine circuitry. The U.S. would be dead in the water for a long time after such an attack.

          1. I recommend a very well researched book about the social and survival challenges that could very possibly be faced should an EMP attack happen to the USA: “One Second After”. The sociology and survivalism are spot on. I was one of many caught up in a remote natural disaster many years ago and we got no help of any kind for 8 months. What we went through was very much like the book. All of the generalized events happened in the order they happen in the book.

  14. Yet, these inept people make decisions at work, that effect peoples lives daily. I’m glad I’m white.

  15. I know a guy who put bits of charcoal into the pot of water his girlfriend had boiling on the stove. He told her she had burned it. Which she believed. She became a feminazi.

  16. Studies also show that 92% of liberals under the age of 27 believe food grows in the refrigerator.

    1. Want to see a liberal melt down? Tell them Filet Mignon, Prawns, lamb and other such proteins come for killed animals. When they preach the vegan lifestyle, tell them plants are living to so no matter how you cut it, things have to die to keep a human alive. Sure picking fruit doesn’t necessarily kill the plant (turning potatoes does as does many others), just like ripping off you thumb won’t kill you, but the fruit is living when it’s picked.

    2. And that internet, electricity and all beneficial utilities are free, as they still live at home under their parents roof that pay for the free stuff they get.

  17. 1 in 5 Adults are actually Leftist Liberal Adult-Children… they can barely mewl for their binkey in their Safe-Spaces.

  18. Affirmative action education. Give them a B and a participation diploma they can’t read to get rid of them because expecting anything from them is racism or abuse. With these recent power outages, I would be surprised if they knew how to use the stairs.

  19. I knew how to do all these things and more before I entered high school. I made sure my son and daughter could do all these and many more before they were out of high school. Some of those additional things are build a fire, build a simple shelter, hunt for food (animal and vegetable) shoot a gun, fish with simple equipment including how to make a hook and bait it and etc.
    The fact is, when people needed things done, even simple things, our family was the one who got asked. When we moved, we kept our skills to ourselves. There comes a time to either swim … or sink. The sinkers are many and they deserve their fates.

    1. My youngest daughter (an MD) repaired her washing machine in med school. I lived about 5 hours away. She also changed flat tires. Her quote, ( I hate to pay for something I can do myself). Other daughter is a forensic toxicologist. She has a little more trouble changing lightbulbs as she is only 5 ft tall.

  20. bet they know every goverment reg poge option on offer. bet they can recite jailhouse lawyer crap in their sleep. bet they vote socialist labour rules chapter and verse. bet they coddled by every wanna be churchill until after the election.

  21. And 100% of those who can’t change a lightbulb watch CNN for their daily news source.

  22. Those are all jobs for peasants. Anyone who has a college education with a useful degree (such as liberal arts, or political) doesn’t need to sink down to the sub human level.

  23. …and they use to say it took two Pollacks to change a light to hold the bulb and the other to spin the person around to remove it.

  24. I can do and have done all of these…multiple times. And I taught my children to do them all as well…

  25. They are also the same dummies that embrace Muslims, not hard to figure out they can’t screw in a light bulb.

  26. This is why Democrats push so hard for us to be like Briton and Europe. This is a breakdown of the perfect Democrat voter, aka…Pajama Boy

      1. Oh the spelling Poleezee is alive.

        Get back to me when i’m submitting my class BOOK REPORT teacher.

        Otherwise get a life and stuff it.

        1. Funny, you were making fun of the UK spelling of tyres. Guess you can dish is out but not take it.

        2. I agree. Spelling Nazis lack facts and logic in discussions, so they revert to name calling or become grammar police

  27. People are stupid thats just the way it is, Dont be stupid and deny the reality, You can go off to college and get a degree but your still big dumb motherf#cker to me~ People are stupid, by Steel Panther.

  28. Must be a bunch of gimmie dat liberals. Too stupid to feed themselves or change a light bulb with out help. So pathetic it’s funny.

  29. I once knew a conservative who could do both – change a light bulb and boil an egg. But, of course, he was taught by a Liberal ….who took pity on him …when he saw the man’s family starving in the dark. Luckily, the kind Liberal just happened to be carrying a flashlight or he would have walked right by them…and there would be less conservatives in the world …which proves even Liberals sometimes make mistakes.

  30. Well i’m betting that the woeful lack of ability in British adults is because i think about 20% of Brits are muslim and things like electricity are a new and alien concept for them. Killing innocent people, they are very adept and capable. Boiling an egg, not so much.

  31. Hmm, seems teaching of basic “life saving” skill sets, such as cooking your own meals, changing a light bulb (so you can cook your meals), etc. are learned – typically from your parents/guardians (or by trial and error so you don’t die from starvation!). I’m not surprised with these numbers. Explains why quite a few people get married early since mommy (or daddy) won’t cook their dinners, wash their cloths, wipe their butts, etc.

    Yes, I expect this comment will hurt some individual’s feelings……

      1. Well, based on various comments from other folks, depending on where their political leanings are, attack the polar opposites. This is nothing new – that is why homo sapiens (humans) are a social “herd” type species, a certain percentage would either be eaten by predators (re: feeding the polar bears marshmellows with their teeth), die of consuming “unknown” veggies/fungus (castor beans (ricin) cause they look pretty, rmushrooms vs toadstools, etc.), or taking 100% fatal endeavors (mooning baboons in their zoo enclosures, “lets use an 80 ft. bungee cord when jumping off an 80 ft. high bridge over a railway pass”) so that we won’t perish as a complete group (chalk it up to Darwism).

  32. Apparently, my comment was deleted “by mistake” so I’m posting it again for your reading pleasure:

    I once knew a conservative who could do both – change a light bulb and boil an egg. But, of course, he was taught by a Liberal ….who took pity on him …when he saw the man’s family starving in the dark. Luckily, the kind Liberal just happened to be carrying a flashlight or he would have walked right by them…and there would be less conservatives in the world …which proves even Liberals sometimes make mistakes.

  33. How come your Fuhrer Trump and Vice-Fuhrer Pence both call their wives “Mother” in public and “MOMMIE!!!” during sex? Or, is that simply a conservative tradition?

    1. I’m not sure what that has to do with the article or how leftist regressives are dumbing down America? It sounds like your a typical leftist regressive who like to change the subject to avoid discussion on serious issues.

  34. Ladies (even true blue, conservatives) please stop doing the nasty with conservative males. What the world needs now is Liberals, lots and lots of Liberals who will save the USA, not destroy it. Besides, that missionary position must be getting pretty boring for you. Try a Liberal MAN who will never pray or cry during sex (although you may) and you will always come/cum first.

  35. So Brits are more likely to be able to bleed a radiator than be able to change a tire and check the oil?

  36. Who needs to know how to do those thing, that is what the Government is for. They take care of us. People have more important things to do – smoke pot and figure out what sex they are today.

  37. I’ll have to remind my British friends about this survey next time one of them criticizes Americans.

  38. Most members of the snowflake generation don’t know how to boil an egg because their uber-progressive indoctrinator told them that ‘s a White privilege.

  39. The last two generations of college adults have been told that any form of labor is for dopes. The lucky are forced by economic circumstances to do household tasks and even work construction before they get a degree. The Unlucky “elites” who have pampered existence seem to be disinterested in doing any basic tasks.

  40. Looks like we need more college student with degrees in “how to change a light bulb” because those which haven’t went to college are unable to change a light bulb. I think a master’s degree is need for boiling an egg because finding a pot filling it with water, placing egg in the water then turning on the heat has got to be above and beyond a bachelor degree.

  41. Kids are coddled generation after generation.
    Eventually, the service industry wins as it will be on call to come out to the house and wipe the millennials azz…for a fee.

  42. Wow, Britain has gone from being an empire to a nation of braindead fools! That being said, I fear our own country isn’t too far behind.

  43. Good Lord, how stupid are you if you don’t know how to change a light bulb? If you cannot do that, please have yourself spayed and neutered so you do not pass on your obviously defective genes.

    1. You’d be surprised. Most of the dumb f&shyucks who voted for Obama twice think Obamacare is a Republican invention.

  44. I worked with a male millennial idiot that didn’t know how to affix a paper towel rack on a bathroom wall with a cordless drill. I told him his father should be ashamed.

    1. I worked with one who couldn’t even change the toilet paper roll!!! Just left the empty cardboard tube. I left it that way for days – to no avail.

      1. Yeah I’d like to see the 87 women that can’t change a light bulb, because they’re strong and independent.

  45. Ok, this has to be a joke. How to boil an egg: add water, heat, egg, wait until egg is boiled, viola. How to change lightbulb: unscrew old bulb, screw in new bulb, viola. So what is so hard about this? No wonder people shoot themselves accidentally…

  46. Those people that can’t do simple things like change a light bulb are not adults; they’re retarded, plain and simple.

  47. I’m sure it’s no better here in the US.
    I chalk it up to a concerted effort by progressives, to sow the seeds of generational dysfunction into society, to make people necessarily dependent on on government.
    Ignorance breeds ignorance, yielding people who can barely fend for themselves.
    Many of our Millennial hipsters wouldn’t know one end of a screwdriver from the other and they vote for the sort of leftist fools who ensure they never will.

  48. Keep pumping aluminum and mercury into people and you will dumb down everyone. Clean up vaccines and the products we use. Or is that the plan?

  49. I can stand on one leg while changing a light bulb and cooking an egg while checking my oil and unclogging my sink.

  50. I call total BS. Now do a study to find out how many people could google those things and learn how to do it on their own.

    I’m 57 years old, and no one sat down and taught me those things. I learned most of those things over my teenage/adult life by have a need and learning how to do it. My mother never invited me to sit and watch her cook, I just knew she did it. Just like laundry. But most people can read a box and read the instructions printed on a washer and dryer.

    In my 57 years, I’ve learned how to lay flooring, run electrical wire, do plumbing, pour concrete, and have no started building my own furniture. And no one taught me how to do any of it.

    So before one starts to whine about people not being able to do things, see if they can figure it out on their own when needed.

    As Einstein supposedly said when he had to look up his own phone number, one doesn’t need to know everything if one can look it up.

  51. And the 20% who can’t change a light bulb or boil an egg probably are the ones who have advanced degrees from the most prestigious universities.

  52. Consider the fact that 50 percent of the population has an IQ less than 100 and this is not surprising.

    1. Grew up with a school Janitor named Jimbo with down syndrome and a sub 70 IQ- he could do all that stuff and more

  53. Question; How many — insert ethnicity, nationality, gender, hair color — does it take to change a lightbulb? Answer; Three. One to hold the bulb and two to rotate the ladder.

  54. See, this demonstrates the necessity of Participation trophies. And also why Polish families always come with 5 members.

  55. High Schools and colleges need to have a mandatory “Life Skills” class. We learned these skills as children because we had chores, baby sitting, yard mowing to make our money. We also learned to fix things rather than buying a new one.

  56. OK, I can perform all the above, except hang wall paper. We don’t use it much anymore. I could, if Adolf were still amongst the living, hang a wallpaperer.

  57. I seriously doubt that as much as 39% can competently put up wallpaper. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Civilization does not hang in the balance if very few people are skilled paper-hangers.

    1. Seriously, snowflake? Until a decade ago, every college student knew how to put up wallpaper. Paper, say hello to scissors and glue.

  58. Mechanical ineptitude seems to carry over into politics, judging by who’s elected. They don’t have a clue how to fix anything either.

  59. What a sad commentary. Every able bodied adult should be able to do all of those tasks. I pulled over to help a young couple one afternoon. They had flat and both were just standing there….with the woman on the phone trying to call a garage. They actually thought I was going to change the tire for them (she announced that “he doesnt’ know how to change a tire”) and were a bit shocked when I told them that I wouldn’t change the tire but i would walk them through the process.
    They mumbled about it for a minute and said that they’d rather call someone.

  60. We have the same problem here, they’re called democrats. They don’t want to do anything themselves and someone else is responsible for taking care of them.

  61. I can do all of those things and easily but I’m old school, born in the forties. Most children nowadays can’t even write in cursive script and those that can, OMG what atrocious grammar.

    1. Yes, but according to this study if you didn’t answer ‘Very confident’ you wouldn’t know how

  62. I seen hitchhikers from the U.K. In Toronto Ontario airport area at the husky truck stop restaurant asking for a ride to Chicago Illinois. It’s like one hitchhiker would speak for the other hitchhikers in the group. I told them to get on the Toronto Ontario greyhound bus to buffalo new york and you can ride the greyhound bus anywhere in the U.S.

  63. Could this be due to the mass influx of camel riding goat herders who use candles, oil lamps and dried camel dung to cook their yeast free flatbread in times past? Who are now totally dependant on govt aide to supply their food, give them a roof over their heads, free medical care (along with female genital mutilations), education (for boys only, girls not allowed) and loud speakers announcing five times a day to get on the ground & stick your buttinto the air? I read where ‘mohammed’ was the number one name assigned to newborns and maybe that explains the 1/5th’s problem with ‘modern lifestyles’. But they do know how to load an AK47, use cell phones and drive large trucks over people.

  64. The liberals have worked hard in their effort to dumb down society, and they have won. It will continue in the arena of education as long as they are in control. If conservatives/moderates enter the education sector, it will still be years before any change could be seen. Will it be too late?

  65. The inability to boil an egg or change a light bulb probably coincides with their inability to cook bacon.

  66. How many Californians does it take to screw in a light bulb.
    None. Californians don’t screw in a light bulb; they screw in hot tubs.

  67. Twenty percent of the residents of Jolly Ol’ England are African and or Muslim from an extremely backward cultural society. Head choppers and wife beaters. They can be seen kneeling in mass in the streets five times a day.

    Then there is the stone stupid Brits that only speak football as the primary language.

    Gunna be a tough decade or more.

  68. I’ll bet good money that every one of the 20% that can;t change a light bulb or boil an egg are liberals.

    1. I’ve worked in high tech businesses for years and every engineer l knew was conservative. Bright logical people have a hard time buying into liberal dogma

  69. They cant change a light bulb…
    I bet every damn one of them vote labour party or would vote Democrat.
    Then turn around and Demand there be a department of lightbulbs/boiling eggs
    At tax payer expense

  70. Then maybe they should send the ignorant savages back to their homelands & the next study would show the rates of common sense had risen markedly.

    1. The problem most of the time is not being unable to spell, but lack of proofreading something before submitting.

  71. Q: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb.
    A: Only one, but the light bulb must want to change 😉

  72. The real tragedy here is — these are the same people who VOTE!!!! No wonder the world is in such a hellacious mess. If this is the “rising generation” we are in double trouble. However, I do believe there are those who are the exception to this study – and were probably out working/raising their families/doing service — and weren’t available for the study.

  73. Talk about a misleading headline… Its ‘Percentage who feel confident doing this task’ and according to the papers logic, if you don’t feel confident then you don’t know how

  74. I’m surprised by the number who can’t read a map. It seems essential for travel or for something as mundane as finding your way around an amusement park or hiking trail.

  75. Reminds me of a story my brother told me…. he was in charge of hiring some new people for maintenance at a factory. He set out a drill index, drill, taps & and a piece of steel and asked the candidate to drill & tap a 1/4×20 hole… He set out torches and asked the candidate to braze two pieces of steel, along with a basic stick arc welder, a sink/faucet and asked the candidate to change the rubber washers… Install a brass union on some tubing, basic things they would have to do for the job…. (which paid well) ….
    Not one applicant could complete the task.
    He said if you think about it less than 1% of people know how to drill/tap a hole…. I think he was right.

  76. Bet the bunch that didn’t know how to change a lightbulb or boil an egg were liberals. Few of them know to come in out of the rain during a demonstration or protest.

  77. It’s easy to change a light bulb. One person to hold the light, two people to pick up and rotate the person holding the light bulb counter clockwise until the bulb is out, take new bulb put into socket and reverse the operation.

  78. Amazing. This from the same country where many did not know a hamburger patty comes from chopping up a cow…. Now i know what my grandparents said on things like this – now im in their shoes… On the good side, somebody can make $20 to change a light bulb….

  79. Australia requires an electrician to change a light bulb. It is not about safety. It is about control.

  80. my guess it that 100% of liberals would wait for the gov to come and change their soiled nappies.

  81. In another study 70+% of blacks don’t know who their daddy is that would have showed them how to do all this.

  82. If this is the effect of affluence, give me poverty. I have all my life fixed stuff, from the time I was on my own in my early twenties I had to do it myself because I could not afford a professional to do anything. Now, in my mid sixties I find I am not strong enough to do many things I used to do with ease, so I more often call my sons to help me. Thankfully they seem to know far more than I used to give them credit for, heh.

  83. Q: how many people does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Liberal: Are you assuming the light bulb’s identity? What if it identifies as a dishwasher?!?!?!


  84. Wow, glad to know that I am in the majority, and that I taught my children how to do most of these things.

  85. This is what happens when you let 5,000,000 Somalian,and Arabic Muslims take over your once brutally powerful ,and proud Nation.Add them to a bunch of ecstacy popping ,hyper-liberal Millennials ,and you are toast ! Kind of like here in USA !

  86. All those libtard snowflakes rioting and protesting on college campi not only can’t change a lightbulb, the ONLY skill most of them will ever develop is pouring coffee as a barrista.

  87. This is why I pray that we get hit by some massive CME (that would be a solar flare if you didn’t know), and one morning we all wake up to a global power outage. The way I figure, after about 6 months or so, all of society’s “drift wood” would be weeded out. By drift wood, I mean all those that don’t know how to start a fire without matches, read a map, find water, hunt, forage for, or grow their own food, or in layman’s terms…..SURVIVE. I see those that are dependent on things like the internet, facebook, and snapchat jumping off of cliffs because they can’t see what some ditsy Kardashian sister is wearing or who they’re screwing. Fine by me.

  88. This reflects a large immigrant population that didn’t grow up with these things and when a problem such as one of these arise they call their appointed case worker to take care of it.

  89. I learned this stuff from my folks. Guess little ‘geniuses’ today are too busy staring at a mobile phone, researching climate change, or some equally useless drivel. Mom? Dad? Irrelevant!

  90. All these jolly jokers talking about “9 to turn the ladder.” Don’t you know that Millennials have to be taught how to first open a ladder?

    Then they have to be motivated to the point where they care enough to do it.

    Good luck getting them to actually lift the ladder, with hand and arm strength barely sufficient to crack a raw egg.

    If they can get the ladder off the ground, you’re about to die laughing when you see their reaction to “OK, everybody go counterclockwise.” After all, digital clocks have no…well, you’re not a Millennial, so I don’t need to explain it to you.

    Watch how your volunteer light-bulb holder tries to back his/her/ter/xer whatev way up the ladder. And as they slowly master that, watch how many need the ceiling to brusquely signal “STOP CLIMBING!” to the tops of their heads.

    Keep count of falls and injuries caused by trying to walk forward down the ladder. (In particularly cohesive experimental groups, this count will go down as they learn to gather beneath the ladder-walker to catch him or her, although this adaptation will in turn cause injuries and mishaps, as well as great uncertainty and dissatisfaction,)

    Watch how many knit their brows with concentration as you explain that you have to go counterclockwise first, then clockwise second.

    Note the astonishment and outrage when you inform them that, “Yes. Counterclockwise goes first every single time.” (“Ooohhhh!!! Poor clockwise!!!”)

    Count the number of groups that joyfully conclude to solve the problem by texting for a maintenance worker.

    WARNING: DANGER OF DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY! If they ever figure out how to get the bulb unscrewed, remember to warn your trapeze artiste NOT to ask, “In here?” At least while sticking his or her forefinger up into the socket. What are the odds that one has thought to turn off the light switch?

  91. they all know that with a call a government person will boil their egg. Socialism at it’s height.

  92. I have more confidence with a Generation X woman accomplishing any and all that list than a single Millenial skinny jean manbunner.

  93. The study was for the youth of the United Kingdom. It’s probably worse in the USA. But they do know how to whine, march, throw rocks, and whine some more.

  94. And most of these are College Graduates I am Sure ! We teach nothing Useful to existence now it is a SHAME .
    Parents who do not know these things can’t teach children to do it. And teachers who can not do them can’t teach students
    either. We need Competency in LIFE SKILLS !

  95. MOST people don’t know how to boil an egg. There’s a certain way it has to be done to get perfectly done yellow yokes with no green.

  96. How many women does it take to change a light bulb? None. Just let the b*tch cook in the dark.

  97. It’s not just the UK. What’s more, if the net worth of those polled were revealed they’d be in the upper percentile of people on the planet. While the people able to do those simple chores or build their homes, build their cars, harvest the kale they claim to eat, raise the beef they actually eat, cure the pot they smoke, cut the coke they snort, etc… are considered to be the dregs of society.

    If one knocked on my door he’d given a fish hook and a spool of line. And not from the generosity of showing him how to care for himself either. Just for the sheer joy of watching the sob starve himself to death!

  98. Liberals. Helpless fools destine to starve. I could weld at 7. Drove a dozer at 5. Been a engineer for 32 years.

    People today are helpless children. The product of socialism because knowledge is power and socialist hate anyone who doesn’t need their sorry, pathetically parasite arse…

  99. Look at the numbers: 83% is the highest percentage on ANYTHING, and it’s one of the activities that makes the headline for being a disappointing percentage? Yes. The real news is that on ANY household activity, 20% of people, or drastically more, don’t feel comfortable with their ability level. News? Nope. It’s just a survey, folks. Surveys have next to zero relationship to reality.

  100. Maybe they should be calling this the “Incompetent Generation”. Also shows the total inadequacy of the educational system and parenting too.

  101. Fill a pot with cold water to just above the level of the eggs.
    Put element on high, put pot on element.
    Turn off element when pot has boiled. Remove pot from element.
    Leave eggs in water for 10 minutes (for hard boiled, for soft boiled around 7-8).
    How is that hard? How do these people now know how to do this?

    1. I put a dozen cold eggs into a covered steamer insert over medium-low boiling water for 35-40 minutes (too high a boil tends to crack them).
      Then turn off the heat, leave covered until cooled to room temp, put into refrigerator.

      Perfect every time and I believe easier to peel than the immersed method above (using eggs at least two weeks old helps with peeling as well).
      Don’t tell the leftists who can’t do this; let ’em starve out of ignorance to improve the world a bit.

  102. The study was flawed. One doesn’t actually ‘change’ a light bulb when it burns out. One simply ‘replaces’ the burned out bulb with a new working bulb.

    “The findings were even surprising to the folks behind the study.” This is only because those conducting the study apparently don’t often interact with other people.

      1. Just because you can’t spell ‘One’ and ‘Four’ is no reason to denigrate another’s chosen stylization…. sorry that I don’t meet your high standards … wonder why you attribute that to laziness? …. apparently you favor form over substance …. which it turns out – fortunately, is your problem, not mine.

  103. how many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    just one, but the lightbulb must really want to change.

  104. In my experience, it’s not limited to the list above.
    Leftists just can’t seem to do much of anything that’s useful.

  105. This explains why leftism still has a hold over a good chunk of the world population. 63% can’t change a tire? Really?

    Percentage of people who feel confident using the internet to find true information: 5%.

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  107. 1 In 5 Adults In The UK Can’t Change A Light bulb, Boil An Egg………………………………

    lol in the USA we call them LIBERALS…..HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  108. You know that you are just being a hateful, intolerant, bigot for wanting to change the light-bulb, right?

  109. Of the 1 in 5 people who can’t boil and egg or change a light bulb, 99 out of 100 of them are useful idiot democrats.

  110. Was the survey specific as to ability? Q: Can you change a lightbulb vs., do you know how to change a lightbulb, vs., have you ever changed a lightbulb?
    WHAT DOES SOMEONE IN A WHEELCHAIR DO TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB IN A FIXTURE THEY CANNOT REACH, WHEN USING A LADDER IS NOT AN OPTION??? Some folks who are quick to condemn, mock, ridicule, and judge, are also short on knowledge, experience, imagination, and empathy.

  111. I love how this is blamed on everything from Obama, to the Govornment, while totally overlooking the FACT, that if anyone WANTED to learn to do these things, it’s a simple Google fix or a YouTube video away. CALM DOWN you easily riled FOOLS.

  112. I see the study broke down the results by age group. Perhaps it might have been interesting to see it broken down by race, country of origin, you know, stuff like that?

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