8 March 2013
Are you being replaced by the internet?
A new survey has shown that grandparents are slowly being replaced by sites such as Google, Wikipedia and YouTube, with nearly 90% of children turning to online resources instead of their grandparents.
Of the 1,500 surveyed, only a third have been asked ‘what was it like when you were young?’ and only 20% have been asked how to boil an egg.
There has been a lot of change over the generations is 96% saying they used to ask their grandparents lots of questions when they were young.
Children are now turning to the internet for advice on simple domestic chores, such as how to sew on a button or do the ironing. An Ofcom survey revealed that almost half of 3 and 4 year olds are technologically literate with 10% using iPads to go online, watch television and play games.
In recent years children are becoming a lot more tech savvy, leading to less contact between grandparents and children, but 80% still believe they have an important role in their grandchildren’s lives.
Susan Fermor, of cleaning specialist Dr Beckmann, said, “They are aware their grandchildren find it much easier to search the internet for instant advice. Previous generations of grandparents haven’t experienced this phenomenon because the internet is still very much in its infancy and is less than a generation old in real terms.”