Talking during crucial moments of a TV show, having the ending spoiled – and sitting through adverts are among the nation’s biggest television bugbears, according to research.
As the nation is glued to the TV thanks to the World Cup and ‘Love Island’, a poll has revealed the habits which leave us fuming and fed-up in front of the box.
The annoying chime of a phone ringtone midway through a programme, the stop-start of buffering as online streams load and the rustling of food packaging or noisy eaters also feature in the top 30.
It also emerged an irate 41 per cent of Brits have had an argument or fallen out with someone due to a TV bugbear.
But more than one in 10 say their annoyance could be solved by getting a new TV, despite the average house already has two sets.
A tenth complain their TV is too small while more than one in 20 reckon the screen resolution isn’t high enough.
Matt Walburn, from the UK’s largest electrical retailer Currys PC World, which commissioned the research, said: “For most of us, settling down to watch our favourite TV show or a box-set is one of the highlights of the day.
“So, it can be infuriating when someone or something spoils our viewing pleasure.”
“But it’s not always the people we are watching it with that can leave us feeling annoyed. Sometimes it’s the tech we use, including the TV itself.
“Our findings prove that getting it right with your set-up is more important than ever.
“Common gripes we see consumers battle with include small or non-HD television sets or poor sound quality thanks to the wrong soundbar, all of these make the customer’s viewing experience far from enjoyable.”
The study found people talking during the middle of a show or film is the most annoying TV bugbear, followed by having to watch adverts live, without the option of hitting fast forward and getting a phone call.
Having someone spoiling the end of something you are watching before you’ve got there and a bored viewing partner who huffs and puffs through the show completed the top five.
Other people pausing the TV to get up and do something else came sixth, followed by buffering or delays in episodes loading when watching them online.
Having to listen to complaints or moaning about a show you are watching, people falling asleep and others changing the volume level also feature in the top 10.
Other annoying bugbears include people who text or tweet instead of concentrating on the TV and someone who doesn’t pay attention, but then asks questions or complains they don’t know what’s going on.
Losing the remote control, other people guessing what’s going to happen and over exaggerated reactions to something happening on screen are also considered annoying by the TV viewing nation.
But the research found that while one in twenty say they are guilty of committing a TV bugbear themselves, 40 per cent say it’s usually their partner who is to blame.
More than two thirds have been forced to rewind a crucial bit of a TV show because someone did something annoying so they missed it.
And 53 per cent of people have had the ending up a TV show or a certain episode spoilt for them by someone else.
As a result, 48 per cent prefer to watch TV by themselves to avoid other people ruining it for them.
Top 30 TV bugbears:
1. People talking while you are trying to watch TV
3. Getting a phone call
4. Someone spoiling the end of a show they’ve already seen
5. People getting bored and asking to turn over
6. People pausing it to do other things while you are watching it
7. Buffering when using catch up/on demand TV
8. Someone moaning about what you are watching
9. People falling asleep
10. People turning the volume up too high or down too low
11. Coming to the end of a TV series you’re loving and realising there isn’t any more to watch
12. People eating noisy food
13. People texting throughout
14. Someone not paying attention but then complaining something doesn’t make sense
15. People getting up and going to the toilet/getting snacks
16. Someone asking you what has happened because they missed the previous episode or weren’t paying attention
17. Losing the remote control
18. Arguing over what programme to watch
19. Forgetting to record your programme and it’s not available on catch-up
20. People putting on the washing/vacuuming/boiling the kettle/cooking dinner – noisy appliances
21. Someone asking you where something is and having to get up and look for it for them
22. Losing your recording because someone deleted it
23. Someone else making fun of what you’re watching
24. Other people guessing what is going to happen
25. Being loud or exaggerating their reactions to something which happens on the TV
26. Forgetting something was in the oven and having to get up and go get it out
27. Losing your recording because it expired
28. Leaving the remote control out of reach
29. Live tweeting the episode – out loud
30. When older shows aren’t available in HD or widescreen