Millions of millennials admit they don't know how to hang a picture or change a lightbulb

Caroline Allen
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The study found that millennials struggle with home DIY. (Getty Images)

Millions of millennials have admitted to not knowing how to hang a picture, new research has revealed.

The research looked into the behaviours of 2,000 25-34 year olds and found that struggled with to do many household jobs.

The jobs millennials wouldn’t feel comfortable with include putting up wallpaper, bleeding a radiator and painting.

There are also plenty of jobs they wouldn’t know how to do without assistance, like tightening a loose cupboard door, for example.

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The survey by Plusnet revealed that the generation also ignores problems around the house - like a dead lightbulb - for up to three weeks before asking somebody else to help out.

It’s not about laziness or impatience though, with only 10% of people saying that was their motivation behind asking others for help.

The majority (30%) asked for help because they weren’t confident in their ability to do a good job, while a quarter believed that there are other people out there who can do a better job than them.

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The go-to person isn’t often a professional, either.

Some of the people who ask for help will ask their Dad, while their mums and brothers are often given a call for DIY advice, too.

Almost one in nine people turn to the internet for advice when they don’t know how to do something, though.

87% of people surveyed ask Google when they are struggling with household tasks.

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When people turn to Google, they aren’t always doing so in an attempt to get immediate answers, either.

Instead, millennials use the internet to search for tradespeople to mend, fix and repair things in their home, spending an average of £320 a year for professionals to do the work for them.

It has also become more common for people to search social media sites for a recommendation than ever before.

People will log into local Facebook groups or put a request out on Twitter with the view to find a new tradesperson.

Speaking about the results, Nick Silverwood, from Plusnet, said he was “surprised”.

“The results of the survey were incredibly surprising - social media overtaking word of mouth for tradespeople recommendations is a big moment and a fantastic opportunity for tradespeople and all independent businesses to take advantage of social media.”

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