SpongeBob In Hot Water From Study Of 4-Year-Olds

Another study is suggesting links between attention problems in young children and their TV watching habits.

The latest study finds that watching just nine minutes of the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch "SpongeBob," or the slower-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" or assigned to draw pictures. Immediately after these nine-minute assignments, the kids took mental function tests and those who had watched "SpongeBob" did measurably worse than the others.

The new study suggests more immediate problems can occur after very little exposure, especially to fast-paced programming like SpongeBob.

One expert says the results should be interpreted cautiously because of the study's small size, but the data seem robust.

The study is in the journal Pediatrics.

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  • by Donna on Sep 14, 2011 at 04:15 AM
    My 4 yr old, as a general rule, watches PBS. She likes Spongebob but I don't think it's something she needs to watch. Scenes with Spongebob in his underwear, Patrick asking a mermaid if she wants to see his underwear, fighting, Squidward with his constant attitude, a temper tantrum throwing teenage whale and a whole slew of other things. While I realize it's a cartoon, I don't care for my little one to watch it.
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      by ummm on Sep 17, 2011 at 07:07 AM in reply to Donna
      seems by your post you must watch every episode....
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Just listen to Patrick and Mr. Squiggles . They talk pretty darn slow.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    I'm 40 and love sponge bob.
  • by BLAHammed on Sep 12, 2011 at 04:41 PM
    Finally an analysis for whats wrong with lavon and bralow.
  • by misty Location: jacksonville on Sep 12, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    I love sponge bob and I'am in my 30's.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 05:21 PM in reply to misty
  • by Spongebob Location: Squarepants on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
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      by Squidward on Sep 14, 2011 at 05:24 PM in reply to Spongebob
      Unfortunately, SpongeBob...YOU DO! Now, will you and your tubby barnacle-head friend PUH-LEEZE go be stupid someplace else? I'm trying to practice my clarinet!!
  • by Never Seen It on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    I've heard of the program, seen the character on things (Burger King Kids Meals, etc.) but I'd never watch such tripe. Family Guy is SO much better!
  • by OMG on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    OMG---poor SpongeBob, being picked on. If you do the study again, pick another "cartoon" as well as SpongeBob. Quit picking on SpongeBob----its TV in general, not just one particular cartoon.......OMG, this is so stupid.
  • by B Location: Gville on Sep 12, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    If all your kids do is watch TV (and I know some that do) yes they'll be dumb as a hammer. again it boils down to parenting. but why just single out Sponge Bob? who conducted this study? I'm guessing PBS.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Sep 12, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    Same could be said about MSNBC or CNN....same results, just look what they post here.
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      by anon. on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM in reply to OSOC
      or any church on sunday....
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      by Anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM in reply to OSOC
      Same could be said about *FOX NEWS* ....same results, just look what they post here. - Fixed your post, you're welcome.
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