January 18, 2018

SpongeBob Doesn’t Pass the Test

In a study published this week in the American Academy of Pediatrics, 60 4-year-olds were divided into 3 groups- one watched SpongeBob SquarePants, the second watched educational programming, and the third group of 4-year-olds colored.  The aim of the study was to prove that fast-paced programming affects young children’s attention spans, and that entertainment television for young children further adds to later concentration problems.  After only 9 minutes of watching SpongeBob, the first group did considerably worse on concentration tests. Imagine what hours of programming like this on a daily basis can do.

I wrote a review of Phineas and Ferb this summer and referenced SpongeBob- how I could even feel myself getting ADD watching it, let alone a little kid.

Check out a little SpongeBob here…Apparently there is one action every 11 seconds, more than a small child can process.

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