Top 10 traditional skills in danger of dying out

Experts have unveiled the top 10 traditional skills in danger of dying out, including reading a map, tying knots - and recalling phone numbers of loved ones from memory.

Technology and a lack of interest from younger generations mean a host of life skills deemed necessary in the past face being wiped out altogether.

Using a compass, darning socks and even knowing your handwriting were also named on the list.

The study, by national map makers Ordnance Survey, found other skills which could soon be a thing of the past include starting a fire from nothing and being able to change a tyre.

Top 10 skills in danger of dying out
1. Reading a map
2. Using a compass
3. Tie a specific knot
4. Darn socks
5. Looking something up in a book using an index rather than 'Googling it'
6. Correct letter writing technique
7. Understanding pounds and ounces
8. Knowing your spelling and grammar
9. Converting pounds and ounces to grams and kilograms
10. Starting a fire from nothing

Instead, knowing how to connect to a WiFi connection, use the Internet and follow a sat-nav are now seen as essential skills to modern day life.

A spokesman for Ordnance Survey, which commissioned the research, said: "In years gone by, these skills would have been considered essential for everyday life.

"An increasing reliance on modern technology has resulted in some skills falling by the wayside, as people have come to expect their smart phones and apps to do tasks for them.

"Technology, however great it is, isn't invincible though and there are times when it can let you down.

"Even if it's a skill you think you no longer need, it's important to have at least a basic grasp of it – basic map reading skills are vital as sometimes, often when you don’t want it, batteries and phone signals let you down."

Top ten skills considered essential in modern day life
1. Searching the Internet
2. Using/ connecting to WiFi
3. Using a smart phone
4. Online banking
5. Knowing about privacy setting online
6. Searching and applying for jobs inline
7. Being able to turn water off at the mains
8. Using and following a sat-nav
9. Updating and installing computer programs
10. Working a tablet

The study found almost eight in ten blame the decline of these skills on technology, while another 54 per cent think it's due to children no longer learning them at school.

A staggering 93 per cent think teaching these skills should be brought back into school so younger generations are taught them from a young age.

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