Losing the TV remote is like reading the headlines on tabloid magazines while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store; everyone does it regularly, but no one wants to admit it. But just how much do you really know about TV remote controls? Here are a few fun facts sure to pique your interest:
- Losing your TV remote is pretty much a daily event, no matter how hard to try to stay organized. But maybe your organizational skills have nothing to do with it; about half of all American households have at least four devices just in the living room which require remotes to operate. How is anyone supposed to keep track of them all?! It’s actually impossible.
- If your dog finds intense joy in chewing up your TV remote controls, not to worry. There are no harmful chemicals or pieces inside of TV remote controls (although it’s probably not a good idea to let Lucky chew on remotes anyway).
- Speaking of taking remotes apart, it is reported that about one in three TV remote controls can actually be brought back to life — i.e., you may not have to buy replacement remote controls every time your original TV remotes have seen their last days.
- The average TV watcher spends about two weeks in one lifetime looking for lost remotes. Seriously. Two weeks. The next time you’re looking for your remote and not making any headway, just keep those two weeks in mind.
Even if you’re not technologically-inclined, figuring how whether to fix or buy replacement remote controls for TVs isn’t difficult. Some websites offer step-by-step guides for bringing a dead remote back to life, and if that fails, finding a good match for your original TV remotes is as easy as locating the model number on the back of the corresponding device (Note: this is not the serial number). So if you regularly suffer from the distress of losing TV remotes, not to fret — finding replacement remote controls has never been so easy. More info like this.