The increasing popularity of wireless communications devices could be causing young people to lose the ability to do DIY jobs around the home.
Such is the assertion of AA Home Rescue spokesperson Sue Beeson, who states that as the number of items that can occupy people's time increases, Britons are less inclined to learn how to carry out home improvement tasks.
"Things like Kindles are taking over from so many other things that it is taking up the spare time that people used to have to do jobs," she claims.
Ms Beeson goes on to claim that these days young people can often be found using wireless communications products such as iPads and iPhones, something which was not the case 30 to 40 years ago.
And where once young people would have been passed on cooking and DIY skills from their parents, she states they are no longer interested in learning things for themselves.
Such comments follow an AA study which revealed 44 per cent of men currently learn home maintenance skills from their fathers, down from the 67 per cent who received such guidance in the 1990s.