SpongeBob Study: Cartoon Hero May Cause Learning Disabilities!

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SpongeBob SquarePants is in some hot water.

The cartoon character is at the center of a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause attention and learning problems.

The study took 60 four-year-olds and randomly assigned them to watch SpongeBob or the slower-paced PBS cartoon Caillou, or had them draw pictures.

Right after the nine-minute assignments, the kids took mental function tests; those who had watched SpongeBob did measurably worse than the others.

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Should parents soak up this new study's facts about SpongeBob?

Previous research linked TV-watching with long-term attention problems, but the new study suggests problems can also occur after very little exposure.

Kids' cartoon shows typically feature about 22 minutes of action, so watching a full program "could be more detrimental," the researchers speculated.

The results should be interpreted cautiously because of the study's small size, but the data bolster the idea that media exposure is a public health issue.

Fortunately, no studies were done in which they had to watch Kim Kardashian and her siblings on Keeping Up. Talk about scarring the kiddos for life.


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The first espoide indicates that Princess Celestia has a sort of God Emperor thing going on, and has ruled for 1000 years. Oddly, there's no mention of any other ponies (with one spoilery exception) being immortal. The unicorn ponies can wield weak magic. The protagonist has a pet baby dragon.Which is to say, it definitely takes place in a fantasy setting. Also the characters and writing are pretty fantastic, and this makes for a surprisingly entertaining show.


I remember watching Spongebob in kindergarten (im 15), but I was born with a-d-d(not adhd)and I understood the storyline completely


The scariest thing of all is the degree to which the American public pays ANY attention to this nonsense. Do we really need others to tell us what is in our childrens or our own best interests? Give me a break. BTW, I love Spongebob, my children watch Spongebob and they excel in school, are in advanced courses and tutor other students. Pffffft.


I have an very smart and very computer savvy 4 year old, he has excelled in all motor
skills that most 6-7 year old kids still can not get. I happen to be a personnel witness to the fact that my son has all of the symptoms mentioned in this study!! He has been watching SpongeBob since the age of 1 and watches at least 1hr each and every day, I will stop this now and see if he calms down and pays attention. It really also depends on the kids because my brother and I are 5 years apart and were raised with Tom & Jerry and the 3 Stooges, however I do not enjoy seeing people in pain or having a hard time and my brother will laugh at any ones bad fortune at the age of 46.


Let's just ban tv all together then. There are way worse cartoons on for children.....violence, suggestive language, etc.......and they wanna pick on Spongebob?!? Gimme a break.


This is so stupid, I've been watching Spongebob for a long time and yet I still managed to get A's and A*'s in my GCSE exams and I still have another year at school to boost the grades up!




Now that's just stupid!!, my daughter watch them all the time and had no learning problem