Tell Us How You Learned This Skill and We'll Guess What Generation You Are

By: Zoe Samuel

Tell Us How You Learned This Skill and We'll Guess What Generation You Are
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About This Quiz

There are several main types of skills in life. There are "hard skills" like how to write code, how to write a good essay, how to use a spreadsheet, how to weld a joint and so on that are mostly all about doing well in the workplace. There are "life skills" like knowing how to keep your fridge stocked with food, change a tire, make a nutritious meal, or sew up a tear in the lining of your coat without having to pay someone to do it. There are the greatly underrated so-called "soft skills" like how to talk to people, how to be a good listener, or how to motivate a team, the acquisition of which makes it so much easier to acquire all the other skills.

We learn all of these valuable lessons from different people and places and all sorts of resources. There are books, movies and websites. There are educators such as teachers, parents, tutors, priests, aunts, grandpas or guardians. There are peers such as friends, siblings and neighbors. There is also the School of Hard Knocks, where we learn something by doing it wrong a few times.

While everyone picks up a few skills here and a few skills there, depending on your age bracket, you'll tend to have a specific mix. Tell us how you acquired the wisdom that gets you through your day and we'll identify your generational group!

Who taught you to read?
Both parents
Teacher
Mother
Grandma

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How did you learn to make a soft-boiled egg?
If I wanted to know that, I would look it up on YouTube.
I have no idea.
I still can't!
Mom

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Where did you pick up what you know about dating?
Friends, mostly
Trial and error
My parents
My spouse, since they're the only person I ever dated!

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How did you learn to put on foundation?
YouTube
Mom taught me.
Friends taught me.
Grandma taught me.

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Who taught you to rewire a plug?
Nobody knows how to do that!
HowStuffWorks.com, obviously!
My dad
I read the manual.

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What's the source of your cooking knowledge?
I have none.
I took a class.
Mom
Mom and grandma

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How come you type so fast?
I have Swype.
I learned to touch-type in school.
I can't type that fast.
I went to secretarial school.

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Who taught you how to sit nicely at the dinner table?
Sorry, what was the question? I missed it while I was Snapchatting.
My parents
Teachers
Nanny

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Where did you pick up the art of conversation?
I don't think that's a thing.
I just figured it out.
My parents taught me.
All the adults in my life taught me.

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How did you acquire the knowledge of the birds and the bees?
Scarleteen and similar websites
Parents
Friends
I got married and figured it out.

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What's the source of your driving skills?
I can't drive yet.
My parents paid for an instructor.
Dad taught me.
My spouse taught me.

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Where did you fathom the mysteries of taking transit?
My babysitter taught me.
My parents taught me.
I drive a car, I don't use transit.
I figured it out on my own.

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Who taught you to tie your shoes?
I wear Velcro because I actually don't know this.
Kindergarten teacher
Mom
Both parents

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How did you acquire the power of speech?
I didn't - I only speak textspeak.
Both parents
Mom
Mom and grandma

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Who instructed you in how to throw and catch a ball?
I can't do that.
Gym teacher
Dad
Other kids in the neighborhood

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Where did you learn how to master social media?
Friends
I took a class.
I haven't learned that.
I don't know what that is.

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Who is your guru when it comes to mathematics?
There's a website I use.
I took a class in Excel, and now it does all my math.
My math teacher
My mom taught me

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Where did your knowledge of how to keep fit come from?
Instagram
Personal trainer
I don't keep fit.
Drill sergeant

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How did you learn how to tell a good joke?
Twitter
Summer camp
Family dinners
Schoolyard

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Do you remember where you learned how money works?
I'm sorta hoping Bitcoin does away with money before I need to know that.
Both parents taught me.
My mom taught me.
Our teacher taught us.

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Who taught you to sew on a button?
I can't do that.
I learned by trial and error.
Mom
Drill sergeant

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What individual or institution taught you how to perform a bias/fact check?
Friends and Teen Vogue magazine, funnily enough
History class at school, media class at college
I learned from cable news that this is not a skill I need.
I just intuit that sort of thing.

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Where did you pick up how to get a passport or driver's license?
I don't have those things.
I Googled it.
My employer made me look it up in a book.
Mom showed me.

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Where did you learn how to write a proper letter to a stranger?
What is a "proper" letter?
I can't do that.
School
Mom taught me.

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Who taught you to RSVP?
Nobody RSVPs
My parents, but Facebook has been trying to un-teach me.
My school
My mom

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Where did you pick up time management tips?
I use an app.
I read a book.
Mom taught me.
I learned it on the job.

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How did you learn to boost your own self-esteem?
Friends
Books
Mom
I don't believe in self-esteem.

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How did you come by your knowledge of civics?
School, friends and the internet
School, family and joining about 20 protest groups in the last few years
Scout troop
Church and school

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Where did you learn how to use your empathy to understand where someone else is coming from?
Friends and relatives
Both parents
Mom
The military, actually

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Who taught you to give a sincere apology that makes the wronged party feel heard?
Trial and error
I read a Medium article.
I read a book.
Mom taught me.

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