LONDON Feb 28 British grandparents are in
danger of being overlooked for advice by their grandchildren,
who are more accustomed to searching for answers on the
internet, a survey showed on Thursday.
Almost nine out of every 10 UK grandparents claimed their
grandchildren failed to ask them for advice for simple tasks,
instead turning to online channels such as Google, YouTube and
Wikipedia for information.
Answers on how to boil an egg, iron a shirt and even details
on their own family history are now easily found by younger
generations glued to their smartphones, tablet computers or
laptops, according to research commissioned by cleaning products
firm Dr Beckmann.
"Grandparents believe they are being sidelined by Google,
YouTube, Wikipedia and the huge resource of advice available on
the internet," spokeswoman Susan Fermor said in a statement.
"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."
The survey of 1,500 grandparents also found that children
chose to research what life was like for their elderly relatives
in their youth rather than asking the grandparents themselves,
with just 33 percent of grandparents having been asked: 'What
was it like when you were young?'.
Almost two-thirds of grandparents felt their traditional
roles were becoming less and less important in modern family
life, with 96 percent claiming that they asked far more
questions of their own grandparents when they were young.