Student Blog: Generation hopeless! How millions of young adults struggle with simple tasks like changing a lightbulb or boiling an egg!

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Generation hopeless! How millions of young adults struggle with simple tasks like changing a lightbulb or boiling an egg!
The story behind this headline argues that millions of young adults are struggling with simple tasks such as boiling an egg. The story goes on to further argue that Almost half of adults under 35 say they do not know how to cook a meal without using a recipe. The method that was used to gain this data was a survey conducted by insurance company Aviva. When exploring Aviva’s methods, I found that the research was commissioned by Aviva and carried out by Censuswide research in February / March 2017 and the use of other data was used from 2004 where adults from across the UK were interviewed about their habits and roles around the home.  I can understand further that Censuswide has a panel of 69,000 UK members who access the surveys online, this therefore means that the sample of the participants who have answered this survey is limited due to only those who have internet access completing the survey. Although 69,000 it doesn’t state in the article how many people took part in the survey therefore how can we generalize this to all young adults because nothing states how many people took part, therefore this state unrepresentative data. Therefore, this story and headline have been overexaggerated as it states that ‘millions of young adult’s struggles, when we can clearly see that this data could had been possibly made up because there has been no evidence found to who this survey was actually asked to. Also, this some people may take the headline seriously, and argue that this generation is hopeless when really those who answered the survey said that they had never been shown how to do these tasks by their parents, which makes this misleading as who is to be blamed.

References:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4407142/Young-adults-struggle-tasks-like-changing-lightbulb.html

http://www.aviva.com/media/news/item/uk-one-in-five-uk-adults-doesnt-know-how-to-boil-an-egg-17758/

http://www.censuswide.com/methodology.php

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