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Old 02-12-2018, 07:35 PM
 
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This makes me sad.

A generation of adult children are out there. And, if nothing changes, the next generation will be worse.

This series of videos is depressing to me

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video...=.58d3ec2c0582
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Meh. I’m 40 and I look up how to do think on YouTube all the time. When I was younger, I read it in books. Not everyone learns what they need to know to be a successful adult, but most of us figure it out somehow. Parents can tell an 18 year old how to dress for work or to go to bed earlier til they’re blue in the face, but they don’t listen. If they see it on a video, maybe they’ll heed the advice.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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I don't know how to make a Mint Julip. I also didn't know how to change the CTS or thermostat on my Mazda. Same for replacing the garbage disposal, re-wiring a light switch, replacing a light fixture, resetting the low airflow switch on my furnace, and installing an under-sink reverse-osmosis water filtration system.

In the past, maybe 5% of people would have read a book or asked a friend to show them how to do these things. The other 95% would've hired a plumber, electrician, etc. to do it for them. Youtube has saved me literally thousands of dollars, and made me twice the handyman my father was.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:47 AM
 
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I know, it's really sad that baby boomers and late Gen Xers decided to skip out on passing on the torch for these skills.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I look up how to do things. My parents didn't know how to do most of the things I look up. Need a light switch replaced? Call an electrician. Need the inlet valve on the washing machine replaced? Call the repairman. Need the garbage disposal replaced? Call a plumber. Car trouble? Go to the dealership, drop a grand on repairs they suggest. I don't want to do things the way my parents did.

One of my kids is not at all interested in learning to fix anything. The other one likes to learn but says when she grows up, she'll pay people to do those things for her, or call me and her dad to come do it.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:48 PM
 
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[quote=cheezball;51010907]I know, it's really sad that baby boomers and late Gen Xers decided to skip out on passing on the torch for these skills.[/QUOTE


I tried but one of my kids just flat out was not interested and sadly I had several of my peers were lacking in basic skills themselves.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:38 PM
 
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I use online resources all the time to learn how to do things. I used it the other day because for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to open the hood of my new car. Lucky I did because it was different then all my other cars and really hard to find the lever and I would have froze my arse off.

I don't see the problem in videos that teach people how to do things.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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I know, it's really sad that baby boomers and late Gen Xers decided to skip out on passing on the torch for these skills.
I think older generations were able to figure how to grow up with the help of good parental role models. Not sure why the parents of Millennial's failed so poorly at this.
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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I know, it's really sad that baby boomers and late Gen Xers decided to skip out on passing on the torch for these skills.
How to clean? How to pack a lunch? How to say thank you?????????

Come on, give me a break
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Old 02-13-2018, 05:56 PM
 
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I think older generations were able to figure how to grow up with the help of good parental role models. Not sure why the parents of Millennial's failed so poorly at this.
Who failed? Maybe the younger gen is just trying to do better then before...or maybe things are changing...or maybe the car hood is different then before...or they want to do it different then they were taught.

I mean, how is watching a video on how to buy a car any different then reading a mag article? Or visiting the library?

To me it just seems like young...and old people using online resources to have a better outcome with an upcoming project.
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