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Almost 40% of households can’t fix a household item without google.

I’m not surprised. I mean, if you can google anything, why learn or remember it?

8 Responses to “Life in the future”

  1. Roadkill Says:

    There are a lot of households where no one was taught how to do it. That’s sad but I’d rather them at least be able to find out how. The internet has become the public library, but with videos on how to do anything. I’m a maintenance guy & I use the internet constantly to look up info while on a ticket. It has saved my bacon more than once. Way more searchable than the haphazard pile of manuals when I’m far away from the office & knee deep in the shit. But you are correct in that there is a massive disadvantage to knowledge not being backed up to carbon copy or meat.

  2. nk Says:

    Millennials. They can’t even.

  3. Miguel GFZ Says:

    I second Roadkill. I have been fixing my stuff for a long time, but there are things I have not trained for that I will check how to fix first in YouTube.

    This is just another version of This Old House or the old repair shows from TV in a more personal format.

  4. Eric Wilner Says:

    Hey, a lot of stuff I know, or can figure out, how to fix.
    Other stuff is unfamilar and nonobvious, so it’s off to Duckies-A-Go-Go (which, technically, is “without Google”).
    Better’n using brute force to find out how something went together, and then having to replace the whole thing instead of just the worn-out part. (Currently looking into how to replace the bottom weather seal on a rollup door.)

  5. JTC Says:

    I use it for reference, but it’s good to remember anybody can and does make youtube how-to vids. And quite a few should be titled how-not-to; I’ve actually seen some dangerous stuff done by people who don’t have and never had a clue. I know when it’s time to call a pro.

    Then there’s the ones where they skip over the hard part or when what they’re doing ain’t working, then start filming again when that part is done. But that’s not new; have you seen those home rehab shows where anything difficult or time-consuming is missing? Like when they open up a can of worms doing a little plumbing job on parts they can see and end up breaking off or ruining parts you can’t see, and before you know it it starts back up and you can tell they’ve had to cut a hunk of wall out and re-pipe something and there’s a brand new neat little nipple poking out ready to hook up to.

    My wife loves those shows and hates when I point out crap like that. But I imagine it makes plumbers, electricians etc. a bunch of extra money re-doing the re-do.

  6. Nomen Nescio Says:

    even if i CAN fix something, most things i DO fix i fix rarely enough that i might very well forget some pesky annoying detail. that might not make much of a difference, might have to do a few steps over two or three times to figure out what i’m doing wrong again, but why put up with the frustration if i can just google it first to make sure?

  7. Ish Says:

    I’m a Gen-X’er pushing forty. I don’t think this is as alarming as you’re all making it sound.

    My father (Boomer) and both grandfathers (WWII and Korea vets respectively) knew all sorts of things about automotive maintenance. One grandfather was an avid woodworker and the other was keen on making his own lamps. But they all had Chilton guide books, Bob Vila books, and other “dead tree” reference books for things they only repaired occasionally or wanted to be absolutely certain they were doing it right.

    I don’t know nearly as much as they knew about cars, but I’m far more knowledgeable about computer repair, household electronics, and so forth. I don’t have any “dead tree” reference books, but if there’s
    something I only repair occasionally or some device that I want to certain I am doing it right, I will use Google to find appropriate guides.

    My mom and grandmothers were skilled cooks, yet they all had a copy of the Joy of Cooking somewhere in the kitchen and if they were feeling especially ambitious they’d bust out Julia Child or Thomas Keller.

    I’m a decent cook, but I still use Google to find recipes or guidance on more complicated dishes.

  8. Earth Pig Says:

    I can do lots of stuff around the house. What’s important is to know what you can’t do and when to call a professional.