Google has redefined how we search — and apparently how we do household maintenance.
The days of learning how to do simple around-the-house fixes like unclogging a drain or fixing a leaky faucet don’t come from handed-down advice from our parents, but through Google search, according to a new study.
Thirty-eight percent of Americans are unable to fix common household maintenance issues without the power of search. Equipment rental company BigRentz recently conducted a study using Google Surveys with 1,000 Americans to see if they would be able to perform simple home tasks without Google’s help.
What people can do without the internet
While over a third of Americans can’t do basic home maintenance without the internet, nearly half can unclog a drain without the world wide web’s help.
Forty-three percent of respondents said they could unclog a drain, while 39% knew how to stop a running toilet, and 38% said they knew how to find a stud.
Installing a drywall anchor was the home maintenance chore that Americans were least likely to know without going to the internet for help, according to the survey.
What people are searching for
The most common task at home people search for is how to fix a leaky faucet.
Using research platform Ahrefs, the study found that there are about 11,000 searches every month on how to fix the drip from a faucet.
Unclogging a drain was the second most frequent search, with 7,200 monthly searches, while how to find a stud averaged 4,100 searches every month.