Why do we press harder on a TV remote's buttons when the batteries are dead?
The question that is posed simply adds to the list of strange things humans do, seemingly without a cause. Watching television discourages brain activity, and often makes people very lazy. Because of this, we would rather take the easy way out and hope that there is perhaps still some battery power left or the inactivity of the remote control is simply due to an electrical error that can be fixed if the button is pressed hard enough. We usually opt to take the easy way out, rather than accepting the dreadful truth: you’ll have to spend 30 seconds replacing the batteries… Of course, who wouldn’t want to take the easy way out? We all want our way, and fast. Pressing a button on a remote harder is faster than looking for spare batteries. Time and efficiency is important to us. For example, someone waiting for an elevator might press the button multiple times in frustration, even though they know that it won’t help in the least. And I’m sure we have all, at some point in our lives, waited for the traffic lights to change so that we can cross the street. This often takes more time than we have the patience for so, more often than not, we press the crosswalk button repeatedly until the light turns green. Although these two examples may seem completely off-topic, they both have many things in common with the remote control situation. Humans are impatient, as well as lazy, and will do anything to lessen their petty stress.
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