More than half of all men are incapable of using a machine to wash their own clothes.
That's according to the results of a survey carried out by appliance manufacturer Indesit. The company discovered that 58 per cent of the men it spoke to said they found the washing machine "confusing" to use.
Men between the ages of 16 and 24 were found to be most likely to be ignorant of how to operate a washing machine, with 40 per cent saying they tended to get confused about what buttons they needed to press.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, a quarter of the women interviewed admitted their partners were totally incapable of using the washing machine to clean clothes.
For Michael Head, it was the fear of ruining his clothes by selecting the wrong cycle that prevented him from getting to grips with the task of washing.
He said: "I would be anxious about washing my own clothes as I fear I'd shrink or change the colour of them.
"I went through early adulthood either leaving my laundry to a laundrette or passing it on to my mum, so I never really learned how to use one. I have no idea what all the different settings and buttons mean or what to put in different trays."