How grandparents are being replaced by Google

How grandparents are being replaced by Google

Grandparents are being replaced by the internet as rising numbers of children ignore family advice for answers online instead, a new survey has found.

The survey of 1,500 grandparents found that children are instead increasingly using the internet to answer simple questions Photo: AFP

By Telegraph Reporters

7:30AM GMT 28 Feb 2013

Researchers found that older generations are being replaced by Google, Wikipedia and YouTube, with their grandchildren not asking them basic questions that they can look up themselves. According to the survey, fewer than one in four grandparents say they have been asked for advice on basic domestic chores such as washing clothes, learning to cook a family recipe or sewing a button. Only a third of those surveyed said they had been asked “what was it like when you were young?”.

And 96 per cent said they asked far more questions of their grandparents when they were young.

The survey of 1,500 grandparents found that children are instead increasingly using the internet to answer simple questions.

It found almost two thirds of grandparents feel their traditional role is becoming less and less important in modern family life.

“Grandparents believe they are being sidelined by Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and the huge resource of advice available on the internet,” said Susan Fermor, of cleaning specialist Dr Beckmann, which commissioned the research.

“They are aware that their grandchildren – already with their noses buried in a laptop, tablet computer or smartphone – find it much easier to search the internet for instant advice.

“Previous generations of grandparents haven’t experienced this phenomena because the internet is still very much in its infancy and is less than a generation old in real terms.”

A survey by Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, found last year that almost half of three and four year-olds were technologically literate.

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