I’ll tell you something embarrassing – I always press the wrong button to change the channel on the TV remote control. My husband set it up very thoughtfully – the ‘up’ button goes numerically up through the channels – 1 press for each takes me through channel 1, 7, 9, 10, 28 (our 5 free to air channels), and the ‘down’ button goes down through the channels. But I always get it wrong.
He’s done exactly the right thing – up to increase, down to decrease. So why do I get it wrong? I finally figured it out today.
The TV guide that I use is laid out with the channels going down the page, in a table. Channel 1 is in the first row of the table, channel 28 is in the last row. Sounds sensible – numerical order, top to bottom (they only list the channel names, not the numbers, which is why I didn’t include an image, but the name-number match is ingrained).
So what I’m doing is not cycling numerically through the channels, I’m cycling through my memorised visual of the TV guide – if I want to go from channel 1 to 10, I press the ‘down’ button.
Thank goodness I figured that out…