This is totally a guy thing. Why? Wish I knew. My son, not even two years old, already has to have the remote in hand while watching TV, namely football. If he's in my lap and I have the remote in hand to switch channels, he mumbles something while grabbing the remote. Then he just sits there, fine as can be. It must be born into them. To be honest, I really don't mind. When I take one look at his cheesy smile, I melt. "Sure honey, you can have the remote."