Can TV buttons distract you while watching TV?

Image copyright Ben Poole Image caption The buttons at the top of your TV may be distracting you from watching a show Do you scroll through your TV menus while watching TV? Those are…

Can TV buttons distract you while watching TV?

Image copyright Ben Poole Image caption The buttons at the top of your TV may be distracting you from watching a show

Do you scroll through your TV menus while watching TV? Those are the findings of a new study by InsideOut TV, BBC science magazine.

The buttons on your television remote control can be a barrier to focus, says study author John Muir.

Wipe the buttons clean and put a clear long-drop filter on the remotes to reduce distraction, says Dr Muir, a professor at UCL.

Wipe them clean – their bristles won’t be dirty.

Easy to clean

The researchers, in London, examined the television remotes of people aged 55-80.

Only large buttons were being used as “default” buttons for most people.

The buttons are usually bigger than those on the back of the box and to use them means more hand strain.

“The average person has wrist and hand tension and will be touching it for long periods,” Dr Muir told InsideOut TV.

The academics then carried out four one-hour sessions each using either remote control to view different parts of BBC iPlayer programmes and 15 sessions without TV when the researchers asked volunteers to sit still.

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