A survey into basic skills amongst 25 to 34-year-olds found one in four can't even boil an egg.
They may be at the cutting edge of the tech revolution, but one in four young adults can’t boil an egg.
A survey into basic skills amongst 25 to 34-year-olds found one in 20 had tried to “boil” an egg by microwaving it only to see it explode.
And more than one in ten of the iPhone generation had popped one in the kettle while a quarter confessed they were clueless over how long it took to hard boil an egg.
A fifth of this age group thought it would be ready in two minutes when it takes seven to eight minutes.
Eight in ten had no idea it takes four to five minutes to cook a soft boiled egg for dipping soldiers.
Domestic and DIY nous was also missing when it came to everyday chores with a quarter baffled over how to use the washing machine.
Seven in ten were unable to wire a plug and eight in ten said they would call out a plumber to fix a dripping tap as they did not know where to start.
A third were baffled over how to change a light bulb or hang a picture on a wall.
According to the Poundland study, half of women in this age group relied on their dad to top up their car windscreen washer while a third of men looked to mum to iron their shirts. Yet most were able to set up a wireless Blu-ray player or Wi-Fi router.
Simon Twigger, trading director at Poundland said: “It’s quite surprising to see the shift in what young Brits see as key life skills to learn.
“Although millennials may be social media and smart phone savvy, the majority do not have the skills that the older generations took for granted.
“Fingers crossed they learn a few of them by the time they move out to avoid paying unnecessary handyman costs.”