Everyday we hear about some study that purportedly proves this or that. Some seem reasonable. Some seem rather farfetched.
Here's one that I put in the questionable column - not for the ultimate finding but for how it was released and described.
It seems researchers in Australia have determined that watching a single hour of TV after age 25 will shorten one's life by 22 minutes. Mind you this is not one hour in 8, one hour in 12, one in 24, one a week, one a month, or even one a year. The is one hour per lifetime. Ridiculous, isn't it?
Who hasn't watched the news, space launch, baseball game, football, game, golf or tennis match. auto racing, prime time serials, or even an infomercial? Nearly everyone!
The study goes on to say that it's not the TV watching itself that's at fault but the lack of activity that comes from sitting in front of the set. Why didn't they say this? I guess the "one hour" grabs our attention more.
You can make a faulty causal relationship between any two items - it doesn't make it legitimate. It sounds like sitting at a desk for 8 hours or more a day or using a computer would have significantly worse consequences than simply watching a scant hour of TV over a lifetime.
A person who eats bread for over 90 years will eventually die, but I doubt it was the bread that was the cause.
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