25% of arguments on Christmas Day will be over the TV remote

Published Monday, Dec 16 2013, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Christmas is the season to be jolly and carefree, right? Mostly, yes. But the festive period is also a time for family arguments, it would seem.

A recent poll of 2,000 people carried out by Virgin Media has shown that rows over the TV remote account for 25 per cent of Christmas day arguments.

With the likes of TV clashes between Call the Midwife and Emmerdale, and EastEnders and Downton Abbey happening on Christmas Day, it's no wonder why families will be bickering over who's in charge of the remote.

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Panasonic TV remote control
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The poll also found that a huge 86 million hours of TV will be watched in British homes this Christmas, with the average household watching 3.45 hours throughout the day.

However, it has also estimated that half of all UK families will be pre-recording their favourite Christmas Day shows this year, which should certainly curb the amount arguments.

John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts at Royal Holloway University, agreed that pre-recording shows can help prevent family rows: "Instant catch-up is made for families at Christmas: it can deal with all the problems of watching together, from schedule clash to 'Gran didn't get to her chair in time for the start of Coronation Street.'"

Emily Wadsworth

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