DIY skills 'could be extinct in 40 years' Modern men prefer the latest gadgets

19 January 2011

Carpenter with tools

The boom in technology could mean that DIY dies out within 40 years, according to new research.

A study from AA Home Emergency Response reveals that modern men would prefer to express their masculinity through a grasp of the latest technology gadgets, and not through the drill-wielding stereotype of the traditional handyman

While those aged 65 or above are most likely to describe themselves as 'handy', young men under the age of 25 are least likely to say they're adept at home repairs.

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Fathers not passing down skills

21st century men may be expressing a preference for computers and techno-gadgets over power tools - but at the same time, fewer dads are passing home maintenance skills on to their sons.

AA spokesman Tom Stringer said: 'By 2030 just one in five men will receive basic DIY knowledge from their father.

'If the trend continues, home maintenance skills could be on the road to "extinction" by as early as 2048, resulting in a nation of no-can-do homeowners.'

While in the 1970s 71% of men learned DIY skills from their dads, that figure has fallen to 44% today. 

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