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End the remote control wars
By Sandra Beckwith

According to a survey by RCA, 65% of people who are married or in a relationship say they have disagreements with their spouse or significant other about which TV program to watch. 48% of those surveyed report having disagreements about who holds the TV remote control. 46% of women say they often complain about their husbands’ or boyfriends’ channel-surfing habits.

Since TV watching constitutes much of the “couple time” for today’s busy households, battles about what to watch add trouble. What’s a woman to do? Here are some tips:

  • Learn how to use the VCR so you can tape the program you want to watch…then watch what he wants with him—or, better yet—vice versa. Shop for technology with one-touch record so you can skip steps—some on-screen program guides let you record with the touch of just one button.
  • Buy a picture-within-a-picture TV so while one of you surfs, the other can still watch a program.
  • Compromise and take turns so you can watch TV together. Be fair and share! Avoid splitting off to separate TVs—that reduces the time you spend together.
  • Develop other common interests or hobbies so you have opportunities to do more things together than watch TV.
  • Remove the batteries from the remote control when uncontrolled channel surfing gets too annoying!

Sandra Beckwith speaks frequently on the lighter side of gender differences and is the author of WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? Learn more at