Out of control

SO MANY BUTTONS.

About two months ago, my husband bought us a new television for the family room. Everything about it is amazing except for the fact that I can’t operate it.

At first, I thought it would be no big deal. There was one remote for the television. One power button. So simple. The trouble came after I pushed the power button. This guide came up, and when I pushed the “enter” button on the show I wanted to watch, instead of changing the channel to that show, another whole new guide came up. I’d push more buttons, and before I knew it, things were completely out of control. There were menus and options and for all I knew I launched missiles or something.

So I stopped using the TV. My husband said he’d give me a tutorial. I let him but, to be honest, my heart wasn’t in it. Then for his birthday, I bought him a sound bar to add to the television (this speaker thing that improves the sound quality), and then I was doubly screwed because at this point, I not only couldn’t figure out how to change the channel, but I also had no clue how to turn the volume up and down.

And THEN he bought a new Fire TV stick, which added another remote. He assured me it was so easy to use. All I had to do to watch Netfilx was hit one button. The problem was I could not remember which button on which remote I was supposed to hit.

I no longer watch television in the family room. I suppose I could really buckle down and learn, but I don’t care all that much. I could literally watch a show on my iPhone and be happy.

  1. Janet

    August 6th, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I have that same problem! We have an end table drawer full of remotes that I don’t know how to use!

  2. Meredith

    August 6th, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    It’s a scourge on society.

  3. Christina

    August 6th, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    What happened to turning it on and watching a show, right (wait….now I sound like my mom )

  4. Meredith

    August 6th, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I know! My kids do not understand the concept of actually having to watch commercials and not fast forward through them. Remember having to set the VCR to tape a show you wanted to see??

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