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Posted on Popular Mechanics Article - Americans losing DIY skills

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 04:33 PM

This has got me to thinking about the changes as you have pointed out. I worked in electronics in the mid 70’s and would alway wonder how the evolution of technology would effect society. At that time my comments would be that technology had raced past the average consumers ability to use it (can’t even program a VCR). I think it was at that time that society started to catch up with the advancements in technology, and the hand skills and mechanical talents started to diminish. Why can’t we do both? It seems you are right, not only do fathers and mothers not pass down the knowledge of changing a tire or hemming a seem, but our schools and institutions are intent on teaching skills that require abstract thought and fuction over physical work skills.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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