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We asked men which appliance they were most afraid of

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Yesterday we received a press release from whoever is in charge of public relations at Samsung, informing us that a study was carried out and that this study revealed that “75% of so-called ‘modern men’ are secretly baffled when it comes to using household appliances”. The toughest tasks, according to the email, were: using a washing machine, defrosting food in the microwave, and cleaning the oven.

I don’t know what the email was supposed to promote, but hey: we’re now learning more about men’s relationship with appliances, and for that, I guess we can be grateful. To put faces to this important research, I walked around and asked guys with devices who they were most afraid of.

Michael, 20 years old

VICE: Which appliance are you most afraid of?
Michael: I’m really not afraid of any household appliances – like, I know how to use a washing machine, a dishwasher. I’m good at everything, so anything that has to do with technology or devices I can do. Of course, if I need help, I’ll ask.

Do most grown men have no idea about household chores?
There’s a stereotype that men are ignorant, but in my experience when I was in college, there were times when I had to help women and men, and some women didn’t. had no idea. I had to help both, so I think it’s both. I don’t think men are clueless and women know everything, but I don’t think it’s the other way around either. It’s not a gender-based thing; some people are educated by their parents and some are not.

Who does most of your household chores?
Well, I grew up with my mom, so maybe that’s why I know how to do these things, but it’s kind of like 50/50.

Kyran, 27 years old

VICE: Which appliance are you most afraid of?
Kiran: The oven.

Who does the chores in your house?
Well, I live in a shared apartment, so I do most of the washing and cleaning. There’s a kind of rotation – we like to spread things evenly.

When did you first learn to use a washing machine?
Wow, that was so long ago. All I remember is the first time I used it, I had to ask for help to figure out what to do, but once you know the settings it’s transferable.

Are most grown men actually little babies?
It depends – if you don’t know how to use something, just read some instructions or ask someone. For example, I don’t know how to use the oven because I cook with gas and grill, so once I wanted to eat a pizza, and then I thought: “Damn, I don’t know how to use an oven” . [laughs]. So yes, because I don’t use it often, I hesitate; I don’t need this stress. I’m sure everyone has something they’re unsure about using, but if you need help, for example, read the instructions or YouTube.

Eli, 24 years old

What appliance are you most afraid of?
Eli: Washing machines are pretty scary. Especially when I was a child, it made a lot of noise. I didn’t know how to use it until I was 17, so my mom did all my washing. Once I stuck a knife in the toaster. Also blenders and insinkerators – those things are scary.

Are most grown men actually little babies when it comes to household chores?
I don’t really have an opinion on this but I think it’s ironic that in society both men and women look to older men for advice when it comes to things technical or mechanical things, while men only do half of the things at home, like washing clothes. or the laundry. Yet when it comes to changing TV channels or fixing the roof, we can do it, but we can’t run a washing machine. When I go to visit my dad, see him learn to do stuff, it’s fun. I gave it some washing powder and my whites came out pink.

Who does most of the household chores?
I live alone with my mother, so she is extremely proud to do things for me, except keep my room clean – I do. But yes, she cooks and cleans for me when I’m there, and now I travel. so I adapt.

Clint, 24 years old

What appliance are you most afraid of?
Clinton: Totally agree with everything I have.

Has this always been the case?
No, when I got to college I had to google a ton of shit, but google has it all in terms of textbooks and stuff, so you can never really get stuck.

Are most grown men actually little babies when it comes to household chores?
A lot of people I know are not – like [men in their] young people in their twenties, a lot of these guys have to take care of themselves, so you kind of have to learn.

Who does most of the household chores in your home?
I live with my girlfriend so we try to split it evenly but I get called out for some things [laughs]but that’s because I work all the time, so I come home quite late, so it’s easy to fall behind.

Jacques, 21 years old

What appliance are you most afraid of?
James: I feel like most people say washing machine. All of this doesn’t bother me because I have a lot of clothes, so I kind of have to know. I think the only one that scares me a bit is the dishwasher; I live in the village when I’m not in London, so I have a sink when I’m home. So dishwashers just freak me out — like, why not just wash things yourself? It’s like no effort is needed, and what chores should kids do if they can’t wash themselves? I just think they are useless.

When did you first use a washing machine?
Probably academic.

Are most grown men actually little babies when it comes to household chores?
It’s 2018, so I want to have an open mind and think no, but in general, young people just suck at cleaning. I don’t think there are any gender divides – people just suck at household chores.

Who does most of the household chores in your home?
Probably me – I’m very orderly. I hate clutter, so I like clean things.

This article originally appeared on VICE UK.