Does TV Kill?

The New York Times ran an article about how small lifestyle choices can result in big health consequences. Key line: “Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.”

I read that sentence this morning; and I sold my TV on Craigslist tonight. Because if that statistic is even 10% true, television isn’t worth it to me.

Did I make the right decision? Or do you think I was suckered by a statistical mirage of correlation vs. causation? It’s NFL playoffs time, and I really need some emotional support on this right now if I’m going to make it through the weekend.

Secondly, if you grant that the statistic is at least partly true, yet you still maintain that I made the wrong decision, then how many minutes of life would you give up for an hour of TV?