Study reveals the top things couples bicker over watching TV together – so how many are you guilty of? | The Sun

THE average couple bickers over the TV four times a week, a study has revealed.

What to watch, someone asking too many questions and how high the volume should be the biggest bugbears.

This comes after a poll of 2,000 couples who live together found the television to be one of the most argued about topics within the home.

Almost one in five get frustrated with their partner's TV habits on a daily basis, which has resulted in 44 per cent moving to another room so they can enjoy programmes in peace.

Talking during a show, falling asleep mid-episode and the height of the TV were also among the top 15 annoyances people encounter.

It also emerged 27 per cent of those who have rowed over the TV have ended up buying another one as a result.


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While 26 per cent believe increasing the size of their TV would help reduce arguments.

Sally Nelson, director UK product at streaming service Roku, which commissioned the research, said: "We now know the typical Brit spends nearly 15 hours a week watching TV – and over half of that is with their partner.

“It is a big part of our lives so no wonder it causes household squabbles.”

When it comes to those with children, dads seem more bothered than mums about wanting full control over the remote at all times.

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And 37 per cent of all parents think arguments would be less common if their favourite seat was always left free.

But 56 per cent would rather battle with their partner over who has control over the remote and what to watch, than their kids.

While 35 per cent of all adults polled would like an extra screen in the house to guarantee argument-free entertainment.

The research also found 42 per cent have resisted the urge to put a TV in their bedroom – but seven per cent caved, under duress from their partner.

When it comes to TV preferences, the study, carried out via OnePoll, found size matters the most for half who consider screen size to be one of the most important features, followed by sound quality and price.

Sally Nelson, from Roku added: “Putting more screens in the house is probably one of the most effective ways to eradicate arguments over the TV.

“We have seen there is also an appetite for bigger screens, spearheaded by men, with 60 per cent of Brits currently having a 50” TV or smaller at home.”

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