SpongeBob Squarepants Is Making Kids Stupid

Submitted by: midnightblis 6 years ago in Science
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/watching-spongebob-makes-preschoolers-slower-thinkers-study-finds/story?id=14482447

A recent study finds that watching SpongeBob Squarepants makes preschoolers slower thinkers. Thoughts, I-A-B?
There are 37 comments:
Female 258
Sounds like the same effects that the Baby Einstein tapes were shown to have on the attention span... completely unsurprising, especially considering how Nickelodeon themselves said the kids in the study were much younger than the target audience.
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Male 2,862
"Thoughts, I-A-B?"



DUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!
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Male 80
My son is 3 1/2 and loves Spongebob, and he`s brilliant.

LOL "After only nine minutes kids couldn`t concentrate or learn"
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Male 101
i find the earlier seasons of spongebob were much more clever. nowdays it just seems to be catering to stupid people.
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Male 3,619
i think the old phsycologist is looking for attention
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Male 1,045
first it was videogames, then the internets, now i can`t even watch spongebob?
what the hell am i supposed to do with my free time then, read a book like a drating caveman?
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Male 29
@BBJellyFish

You did NOT just knock Adventure Time!
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Male 1,832
It took you this long to figure that out? Its not just preschoolers that are getting stupid.
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Male 4,593
I get stupider every time I watch the news.
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Male 2,486
Yeah, don`t blame the sh*tty parents. Blame a TV show.
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Male 15,510
Not only Spongebob, the whole media in general
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Male 550
All of these stupid cartoon are making kids dumb. Adventure Time. Regular Show. ALL of those shows are making people dumb. What ever happened to batman, spiderman, xmen!??!
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Male 283
THE KIDS WERE F-O-U-R YEARS OLD!! THAT IS WELL OUTSIDE THE TARGET AUDIENCE RANGE! I personally think that the range is, or ought to be, nine to adult. I love that show! Certainly not as bad as Ren & Stimpy which I loved to watch as a kid, and still love, but the topics and the art, when I see them today, were and are adult.
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Male 125
oh, my mistake, they did specify children aged 6+ as the audience. I`m just a little shocked, that is one stupid show, I felt over 6 was too old.
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Male 125
lem, exactly what age do you feel the show is intended for? It seems to be right about level with a 3-6 year old to me.
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Male 2,085
The study is flawed. They were stupid before they started watching.
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Male 7,830
spongebob=dumber kids

is anybody really surprised by this?
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Male 405
Spongebob screwed me up years ago.
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Male 1,438
Good thing I only let me pre-schoolers watch CSI and Trailer Park Boys then. :P
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Male 633
oh you mean sitting your preschooler down in front of a show meant for older kids ISN`T a good idea??
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Male 3,745
spongebob is a horrible excuse for a cartoon...nuff said
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Female 59
Don`t drat with my spongebob. Go pick some other show to blame for your kids failure.
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Male 25,416
well.. In the night garden is just as bad
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Male 10,440
[quote] I`m smart as drat [/quote]
The rest of us will make that judgement.
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Male 2,034
I hate to toot my own horn, but I`m smart as drat. I also watch Spongebob. WHERE`S YOUR GOD NOW?!?!?
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Male 3,842
It is a short-term effect, so Spongebob doesn`t make kids permanently stupid. Rather, and they say this in the article, it is mentally exhausting because of the sheer amount of visual images the child must process. So, you could say that Spongebob makes kids tired.
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Male 3,332
Too small a study group, and they didn`t have the kids perform the same or similar task before watching Spongebob. Not reliable, but believable.
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Male 2,033
Im skeptical.
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Male 525
Well, the study DID have a control group. On the other hand, Nicklodeon had a good defense.

I`m leaning towards Nicklodeon with this; I don`t think the psychologists sufficiently demonstrated causation.

Then again, I`m not a statistician.
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Male 2,440
Spongebob? I`d rather watch Batman TAS.
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Male 5,314
no, this is patrick
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Male 452
GI Joe turned me into an ultra-patriotic warmonger. 80`s cartoons kicked so much ass.
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Male 357
not gonna watch a 30 sec ad for spongebob
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Female 812
Saying that `television rots the brain and makes kids stupid` is not a conclusion you can make out of the data.
Second, we`re talking about short-term effects.
Third, it`s not a representative study, but it provides some insight into the negative effects television can have
And finally, so only the fast changing images have these results or is the content also to blame?
As always, more research is needed!
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Male 17,511
I wonder if there is any similar correlation with the number of potheads I`ve witnessed enjoying this cartoon. It`s like a guilty pleasure with the ones I know.
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Male 490
Correlational. Interesting results. Does not imply what the reporter suggests.
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Female 48
Link: SpongeBob Squarepants Is Making Kids Stupid [Rate Link] - A recent study finds that watching SpongeBob Squarepants makes preschoolers slower thinkers. Thoughts, I-A-B?
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