Grandparents Feel Replaced by Google, Not Asked for Advice

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It looks as if younger generations are forgetting the wisdom of grandparents and turning to the Internet instead to get advice.

Researchers found that sites like Google, Wikipedia and YouTube are replacing grandparents as primary sources of wisdom about life. Things like tying a tie or learning about wars or ways of life in the past, are now easily found on the Internet.

This resulted in one in four grandparents saying they were asked about life advice, like family recipes or how to fix a pair of jeans.

Just a third of them said they were asked by their grandkids about what life was like when they were young.

And the most heartbreaking fact of all was that the majority of grandparents felt their role in the family was becoming obsolete.

“Grandparents believe they are being sidelined by Google, YouTube, Wikipedia and the huge resource of advice available on the Internet,” Susan Fermor, of cleaning specialist Dr. Beckmann, said. Dr. Beckman commissioned research on the passing down of domestic wisdom.

“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.”

While the research is not suggesting all grandparents feel left out, it suggests people are going online to find solutions to small things, like getting wine out of carpet.

In another survey, one of three seniors said they felt extremely lucky if they saw their grandchildren once a month.

Grandchildren are also admitting they go to their grandparents less, as 96 percent said they asked far more questions of them when they were young.

“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,” Fermor said.