1 in 5 Brits can’t change a lightbulb or boil an egg – how do you think the US would fare?

A British insurance company, Aviva, just 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 2017 about their habits and roles at home.

One in five people UK adults
did not know how to change
a lightbulb Image: Pexels, CC0

As part of this latest Home report, Aviva discovered a staggering skills gap in some quarters, with one in five UK adults saying they do not know how to boil an egg (19%), and a similar number saying they would not know how to change a light bulb (21%).

Almost a third (31%) of people would not be comfortable cooking a complete meal without a recipe, and more than four in 10 (43%) say they would not be confident changing a baby’s nappy.

The skills base falls even further when it comes to changing a flat tyre – 63% wouldn’t know how to do this – while 69% wouldn’t feel confident changing a washer on a tap.

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.

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

How well do you think America would do in a similar survey?