I was reading a news item in the paper this morning that noted a majority of Americans know how to download a song on their I-Pod, but can’t change a flat tire. Well, I should win a prize, because I can’t do either.
Over the last few decades, the world has become a drastically different place . . . and we’ve been forced to develop an entirely new set of skills to deal with those changes. I wouldn’t be computer literate today if I hadn’t taken a part-time job at the local newspaper after I retired. (And I’m still not all that literate.)
But just because we’re developing NEW skills . . . does that mean we should completely disregard the OLD ones? In a recent survey seven out of ten people know how to sign up for a Facebook account and 92 percent know how to send a text message. Yet only a fraction of those surveyed know how to bake a cake!
More shocking still, one in three people don’t know how to tie a necktie and more than half of adults don’t know how to change a flat tire.
Well, I’m still 0 for 4. Can’t even bake a cake unless it’s from a mix. But I can read a book doggone it. Bet most of those Facebooking, Ipoding people haven’t read a book in the past five years.
There you go. Everything is relative.