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Date: 09/12/11 01:13 PM

37 Responses to SpongeBob Squarepants Is Making Kids Stupid

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    midnightblis Female 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    Link: SpongeBob Squarepants Is Making Kids Stupid - A recent study finds that watching SpongeBob Squarepants makes preschoolers slower thinkers. Thoughts, I-A-B?
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    Correlational. Interesting results. Does not imply what the reporter suggests.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    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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    Oblivia Female 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    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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    sugaman2k3 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    not gonna watch a 30 sec ad for spongebob
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    Toider Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    GI Joe turned me into an ultra-patriotic warmonger. 80`s cartoons kicked so much ass.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    no, this is patrick
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm
    Spongebob? I`d rather watch Batman TAS.
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    M_Archer Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    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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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    Im skeptical.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    September 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    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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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    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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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    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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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    I`m smart as drat
    The rest of us will make that judgement.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    well.. In the night garden is just as bad
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    CRAPTANK Female 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    Don`t drat with my spongebob. Go pick some other show to blame for your kids failure.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    spongebob is a horrible excuse for a cartoon...nuff said
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    lemmingboy15 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    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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    korahn Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm
    Good thing I only let me pre-schoolers watch CSI and Trailer Park Boys then. :P
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    MrHoobToYou Male 40-49
    405 posts
    September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm
    Spongebob screwed me up years ago.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    spongebob=dumber kids

    is anybody really surprised by this?
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    The study is flawed. They were stupid before they started watching.
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    maxxim Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 5:44 pm
    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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    maxxim Male 30-39
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    September 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm
    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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    sunday_scour Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm
    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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    BBJellyFish Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm
    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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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm
    Not only Spongebob, the whole media in general
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    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    September 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm
    Yeah, don`t blame the sh*tty parents. Blame a TV show.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am
    I get stupider every time I watch the news.
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    diylobotomy Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2011 at 7:57 am
    It took you this long to figure that out? Its not just preschoolers that are getting stupid.
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    UberBen56 Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    You did NOT just knock Adventure Time!
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    Edgarska19 Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2011 at 10:34 am
    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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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2011 at 11:23 am
    i think the old phsycologist is looking for attention
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    AaronianKen Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    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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    magerune Male 18-29
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    September 14, 2011 at 7:58 am
    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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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2853 posts
    September 15, 2011 at 8:01 am
    "Thoughts, I-A-B?"

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    Plangkye Female 18-29
    258 posts
    September 17, 2011 at 8:38 am
    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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