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Adults who watch a lot of TV may be at an increased risk of dying at a relatively young age, a new study suggests.
The study involved more than 13,200 adults in Spain who were all college graduates, and were around 37 years old at the study's start. Participants were followed for about eight years, over which there were 97 deaths.
Those who watched three or more hours of TV a day were twice as likely to die over the study period, compared with those whose watched TV for one hour or less daily, the study found....
Perhaps before calling the article stupid one should understand that the point is not the sub 1% fatality rate of those surveyed but the statistical relevance of the twice-as-high death rate of those who consume too much TV. While drawing an immediate causal link between TV viewing and mortality rates may not be warranted (probably a sedentary lifestyle is more causally relevant) the double mortality rate is indeed significant. It's easy to judge something as "stupid" when we don't understand it...
How am I supposed to take this seriously, when the article never even gives details as to how they died. For all we know, some of them got hit by a bus, or stepped off a cliff or something. Not only that, but it was 97 out of 13,200 people. Hardly a sizeable percentage.
Im not advocating tv or anything, I just found this article unconvincing.