Frustrating as They Are, We Still Can’t Live Without TV Remotes – NYTimes.com

Frustrating as They Are, We Still Can’t Live Without TV Remotes - NYTimes.com

IT started out in the 1950s as an effort-saving gadget, like the electric can opener or electronic car keys. It evolved into a necessity, a cultural magic wand that has transformed the relationship of viewers to their televisions, and the style and content of the programs on view.

Today, American television viewers click away at some 335 million TV remotes — nearly three per household. No longer a curiosity, the remote is as much a part of the American home as the personal computer or the cellphone.

via Frustrating as They Are, We Still Can’t Live Without TV Remotes – NYTimes.com.

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