Too much TV leads to academic failure?

A new report suggests that teens who match more than a few hours of television a day are more likely to perform poorly in their education, at the same time that another study claims that babies and toddlers are watching far more TV than is good for them. Now, I’m no friend of television (and I’m proud to have gone nearly eight years without owning one), but I’m always a bit skeptical of the direct correlations that these types of research draw from their results. It’s a cause and effect issue – is it the watching of TV that causes poor performance, or are those with lower academic aptitude more prone to find succour in television? Or are both phenomena in fact caused by socioeconomic issues? We’ll probably never know for sure – not while there’s a convenient piece of technology to blame for people’s problems.