You can now use Amazon's Alexa to avoid Christmas arguments

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Christmas is meant to be a time for relaxation and sharing love with family and friends, but research from Amazon has revealed that families are most likely to argue at 6.30pm on Christmas day.

This is why Amazon has launched a function to change the subject during disputes or spats, meaning you can avoid that argument over what to watch next on TV or distract the sore loser after finishing a board game. 

Your Amazon speaker device can now change the subject when prompted, asking questions such as "what would your superpower be and why?"

There's plenty of questions Alexa could ask the group, from who each person's celebrity crush is to whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. 

Amazon thinks that this "distraction technique" could help families sidestep awkward arguments this festive season, making this feature a great icebreaker or intervention when debates start to turn ugly. 

How do I enable this feature?

To enable this festive feature, simply tell your speaker to "enable the 'change the subject' skill".

You can also enable from the Alexa app by going to the 'Skills and Games' menu. 

From there it's easy to get Alexa to intervene in your seasonal spats, simply say 'Alexa, change the subject' to lighten the mood and direct conversation elsewhere. 

A great Alexa skill, just in time for Christmas. 

Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie Fender is Head of Reviews at Top Ten Reviews. She also works on our sister sites: Real Homes, Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, and Livingetc. As Head of Reviews, Millie is on a mission to make sure that we are reviewing all of the latest and greatest products for you and your home, whether it's a vacuum cleaner or an inflatable hot tub.