Britons have listed hobbies and skills they say are disappearing due to the takeover of technology – including letter writing, using correct grammar and mental arithmetic

A poll of 2,000 adults who read a map, use a compass and even simple handwriting top the list of 50 lost talents – while others rarely knit, tie knots, bake bread or wash clothes by hand.

Nearly eight in 10 adults (77%) blame the sophistications of modern technology for abandoning many traditional skills and hobbies.

While 66% think today’s generations aren’t interested in learning things like identifying plants and insects, sewing on a button or even spelling.

A further 52% said some old-fashioned skills are simply not needed anymore, while 36% believe there are fewer people to teach them.

Suzanne Mumford, dementia expert at Care UK, who led the research, said: “Over time, many of us have become addicted to technology – after all, why choose the hard way when there is a simpler option to do things?

“Residents of our nursing homes grew up in very different times, without apps or technology, which means many of them have a host of skills and hobbies that are now considered to be in decline – it’s is why we launched our ‘Long The Lost Hobbies’ initiative.

“We have so much to learn from older people, so we wanted to give the residents in our care the opportunity to pass on these essential skills to younger generations and prevent some hobbies from being lost along the way.

The study found that many adults no longer have the ability to preserve food, make jams and spreads, or learn another language.

While three in 10 feel they can’t spell without the help of technology, 24% are unable to use basic grammar.

Another third don’t think they can follow or give directions without using Google Maps or Sat Nav, while 32% would struggle to read the map.

Simple math and budgeting are also lost in today’s society, due to the use of calculators and online tools.

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And while 47% said they would like to learn new skills, only 24% admit they would do it the “old fashioned way”.

It also emerged that the average person surveyed via OnePoll thinks people will only be 10 years old before relying solely on technology to do things before.

According to 70% of adults, people are becoming heavily dependent on technology and just under half believe that search engines have eliminated the need for people to ask questions.

Although a quarter still try to keep certain skills and arts alive by teaching them to others.

Suzanne added: “There still seems to be a desire to keep hobbies such as baking, knitting and gardening alive – all of which remain incredibly popular in our homes.

“And some respondents seem to resent the fact that technology dominates life, but the only way to keep these wonderful skills alive is to make the effort to find facts, to be creative, to use your imagination and to take the time to learn and enjoy – or to reach out to a parent, grandparent or older friend.

“Older generations often have a wealth of knowledge and I’m sure they would be more than happy to share.”

To prevent hobbies and skills from being lost over time and to breathe new life into them, Care UK has launched a national campaign to tap into the expertise and knowledge of thousands of older people – ” Long Lost Hobbies”.

As part of the initiative, residents across the UK are revisiting their favorite pastimes from their younger years and sharing their skills with the younger generation.

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1. Write letters

2. Card reading

3. Know the correct grammar

4. Mental math

5. Remember phone numbers

6. Use a compass

7. Handwriting

8. Hand wash clothes

9. Make a fire from scratch

10. Philately

11. Sewing/making clothes yourself

12. Spelling

13. Wiring an outlet yourself

14. Calligraphy

15. Preserve Food – Like Pickling

16. Sew a button yourself

17. Make your own jam

18. Make your own cheese

19. Tie knots

20. Knit

21. Identify different plants, trees or insects

22. Changing a tire yourself

23. Make your own bread by hand

24. Remember addresses

25. Use an index in a book

26. Giving Directions

27. Remember dates

28. Play music

29. Carpentry

30. Bake a cake by hand

31. Pottery making

32. Tale

33. Cook something from memory

34. Reading

35. Build a shelf yourself

36. Critical Thinking

37. Timing

38. Take care of the chickens

39. Speak/learn another language

40. Budgeting

41. Creative Writing

42. Finding Facts

43. Follow directions

44. Take care of the plants

45. Gardening

46. ​​Follow a recipe

47. Drawing

48. Peach

49. Take pictures

50. Edit photos yourself

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