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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SpongeBob impairs little kids' thinking

spongebob squarepantsWatching a few minutes of a show about an "animated sponge that lives under the sea" impaired 4-year-olds' executive function, University of Virgina researchers found. (Nickelodeon)To read the full story and other news, click here to go to the Los Angeles Times.

Watching just a short bit of the wildly popular kids TV show"SpongeBob SquarePants" has been known to give many parents headaches. Psychologists have now found that a brief exposure to SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the rest of the crew also appears to dampen preschoolers' brain power.

Television's negative effect on executive function over the long term has been established, the researchers wrote Monday in the journal Pediatrics, but less is known about its immediate effects.

Keep in mind that the study was small and inconclusive due to small sample, and the show was designed for 4 to 10 year olds not children under 4, according to the shows producers.

To read the full story and other news, click here to go to the Los Angeles Times.

First studied 9-12-2011


Anonymous said...

I find this story slightly absurd. And i agree with Nickelodean saying they questions the researchers methodology. Them drawing pictures proves nothing in my opinion. My pre school cousin "draws" all the time. And its usually nothing but a bunch of scribbles.

-camille sunseri, BC6003

Anonymous said...

I think that it is true because PBS does actually make the children think and it is slower so they actually absorb what is being taught, and coloring make the children have to imagin what they want to draw both are stimulating the brain. But sponge bob is so fast pased and not very educational, also it inforces bad habits like interupting and whining. Two things that make it very difficult to communicate with a child. This is my opinion but I'm just a Mom, I think it is pretty close to the truth.

Rachelle Hopper

Art Lynch said...

The BBC blocked Sesame Street for decades because studied show that shortens attention span and decreases complex thought, In other words it makes kids think in shorter concepts and expect answers quickly rather than explore and work on the reality that life is complex and that it takes time to learn.

Anonymous said...

Its actually not too much of a surprise to myself that they found this. when you watch sponge bob you can easily tell that it halfy encourages bad behavior in some form. When you look at it you can see it i mean, look at mr. crab, he's a greedy person, same with his enemy, always being a theif, either way it encourages bad behavior in one way or another.

Jeremy matul

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

How is this cartoon any different from the ones from the 60's, 70's, and 80's? for example Bugs Bunny had horrible morals, and Hey Arnold was pointless, it taught nothing.

SJ Walker BC03 said...

I always knew certain shows were just bad for you straight out. Figures sponge bob would be one of them. Although i think how the children interpret the message also applies.

Anonymous said...

Television shows for kids now are getting worse as time goes by. Just like with the advancement of technology, the more that kids use technology the less they are able to think for themselves. I think that shows for children should be more interactive and teach them something.
Kali Gates
BC 6003

Nick Hoffman said...

Well this is just great news. Not only has my 8 year-old brother been watching this show for years, but now my two nephews ages 3 and 5 have started watching it as well. Of course Nickelodeon is going to come off defensive about the show that makes them millions of dollars; at least there are other shows that educate kids with foreign languages and basic logical thinking skills.

Anonymous said...

I also have and eight year old brother who loves this show, and i have to admit that I watch it with him. I know I am a college student, but Spongebob is one of my favorite shows. I do agree with the article, but I believe it is a show for teenagers and adults. Does anyone else notice the sexual innuendos in this show? There are many things about this show that make it inappropriate and uneducational for young children, but it is up to the guardians of these children to decide if they allow their children to watch it.

Angelina Gomez

Victor Garcia said...

well kids are kids they watch what they like.parents are responsible to help there kids learn . tv is just o make money and for entertainment. some programs for kids are to help just a little with their communication

Cassandra smith com101 said...

I agree entirely I have watched it with my cousins they love it but as far as I am concerned I would rather they watch some thing more educational like dora the explorer my littlest brother already knows a few sentences in spanish. I believe that Spongebob Could drop an IQ of a fully grow adult within only three episodes. I also believe it is inappropriate for young children and that more parents should be aware of what their children watch.
Cassandra Smith com 101 bc6003

Britny Nieznanski said...

I once had a teacher in high school that told me she would not let her children watch Spongebob because it is too "vile". And after watching it myself, I have to agree in some ways. There is a lot of hidden adult humor (as are in many other cartoons), but in Spongebob it is not so hidden. I am sure a 10 year old could somewhat understand some of the things this show implies. That being said, I enjoy watching Spongebob as a 21 year old, however I do not think I would allow my children to watch it until a certain age.

Holly Knowlton said...

I've read this a long time ago. Not saying that this is proof based on psychologists research but my best friend has two sons and not trying to nag on her but she is very lazy. poping in a dvd for her kids entertainment is her way of relaxation/laziness... 24/7. The only thing her kids tend to focus on is spongebob, therefore she has EVERY SINGLE DVD EPISODE and her second son was diagnosed with autism by the time he was 3. Not saying that its sponebobs fault but there are statistics out there that show the slowing of kids function from watching this show.

Holly Knowlton com 101 4080