I've been saying ever since my son introduced me to the cartoon, SpongeBob is stupid and wrecks the mind. Well I could back up the stupid part, but now thanks to a new study I'll be armed with new proof that SpongeBob has negative effects on the mind:
"In a randomized controlled study, kids who watched the fast-paced cartoon about sea creatures for nine minutes did less well on tests of attention and cognition than those who spent the same amount of time drawing, according to Angeline Lillard, PhD, and Jennifer Peterson of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
They also did less well than children who watched a more realistic, slower-paced educational cartoon about a pre-school boy, Lillard and Peterson reported online in Pediatrics.
Parents should be aware that such fast-paced cartoons — in "SpongeBob SquarePants" the scene shifts about five times a minute — "could at least temporarily impair young children's executive function," they concluded."
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