They are a dab hand at all things online – but Millennials are outshone by older Brits when it comes to “traditional” life skills.
For a study has revealed over-55s can beat them at all sorts of simple tasks , from basic mental arithmetic, to ironing, sewing and first aid.
Eight in 10 over-55s can do their times tables in their heads compared with just four in 10 25 to 34-year-olds.
Health insurer Bupa found odd jobs taken for granted by over-55s such as rewiring a plug baffle most Millennials.
The pre-internet generation are also twice as likely to spell correctly as they were not brought up on spell-checkers.
They are also trump their kids at writing formal letters, removing stains, map reading and identifying birds, plants and flowers.
But 87% of Millennials wished they had more practical skills, without having to turn to the internet for help.
The survey ahead of National Care Home Open Day on Saturday found 70% would like to learn more from older generations and 83% felt both age groups could learn from each other.
Joan Elliott, managing director at Bupa Care Homes, said: “There’s so much we can learn from older generations, but there’s a real danger that we’re losing valuable life skills
“Thankfully these things are easy to pass between generations, we just need to find time to start the conversations.
“Over 100 of our care homes will open their doors this weekend, hosting parties for their local communities.
“It’s a great chance to meet new faces and share stories. You might even learn something new.
US think tank the Pew Research Center defines a Millennial as aged 22 to 37, born between 1981 and 1996.
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Task – Over 55s vs Millennials confident in each
The number of pounds in a stone 90% 52%
The number of feet in a yard 90% 21%
How to manage money 86% 52%
How to iron a shirt 84% 51%
How to sew on a button 81% 41%
How to do times tables, without using a calculator 79% 41%
How to use an index 77% 35%
How to properly polish shoes 77% 28%
How to use cutlery in the right order 77% 39%
How to write a formal letter 77% 43%
How to wire a plug 73% 21%
How to spell without using a spell checker 72% 39%
How to lay a table properly 70% 39%
How and when to use correct grammar 67% 39%
How to garden 66% 22%
How long fresh foods keep for 63% 28%
How to treat a burn 62% 32%
How to get stains out of clothes 58% 31%
How to read an ordnance survey map 58% 24%
Number of centimetres in an inch 57% 33%
The collection times for your local post box 54% 18%
The names of different birds 48% 17%
How to repair torn or worn clothing 47% 17%
How to tie a sling or bandage 45% 18%
How to play chess 44% 27%
How to administer first aid 43% 30%
How to change a car tyre 43% 24%
How to make a cake without following a recipe 43% 27%
The price of a first class stamp 41% 20%
The number of kilometres in a mile 37% 25%
How to identify plants and flower by name 37% 13%
How to arrange flowers 34% 16%
How to fix a bike chain 34% 21%
How to start a campfire 33% 19%
How to make marmalade or jam 31% 16%
How to guess the weight of ingredients by looking at them 25% 17%
How to crochet 23% 4%
How to ballroom dance e.g. waltz or tango 15% 4%
The names of different constellations of stars 15% 11%
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