"Rapid pace of the cartoon 'SpongeBob SquarePants' might be too much for preschoolers to take in, researcher says"
Back in 2005 he caught flak from a Christian evangelical group because its leader thought he was ***. Now a small new study suggests he could be turning preschoolers' minds to mush.
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14-09-2011, 19:03 #1
Pants-wearing sponge blamed for kids' poor attention spans
15-09-2011, 00:02 #2
You know, when I was a kid, I didn't have a very long attention span, either. Hell, I STILL don't have a good attention span. And I've never seen an episode of Spongebob in my life.
Parents are always looking for someone or something to blame other than themselves or their kids. Some things are just boring. Some kids just don't like paying attention. Instead of wasting time with these studies (who even gives funding to someone wanting to study Spongebob???), why not try to figure out a way of helping kids pay attention without drugging them up?
15-09-2011, 00:50 #3
When my kids were little and I was teaching them how to shoot a rifle I found they were twice as likely to hit a spongebob toy target than a black bull's eye. I never let them watch it but I have always wondered if my wife did.
15-09-2011, 01:10 #4
As you see, Sponge Bob is OBVIOUSLY not good for children's mentality and sanity.
15-09-2011, 09:51 #5
15-09-2011, 13:06 #6
I think the only thing turning people's minds to mush are these pointless fake studies.
SpongeBob might not have the same negative effect on attention in older children, the authors acknowledge. And, they write, they don’t know how long the negative effects last or what the long-term effects of regularly viewing SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward and the gang might be.
“Maybe the next step is really to try and figure out how long-lasting these effects are,” says Georgetown University psychologist Rachel Barr.
Turns out the PBS and picture-drawing groups performed equally well on the tests; the SpongeBob group scored significantly worse. Watching a full half-hour fast-paced cartoon show could be even more detrimental, the study authors write.
I don't think cartoons affect children negatively at all. There was the same debate regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when that cartoon was still aired. Over here in Europe, they changed the name to Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, because they deemed the Ninja part too aggresive. They even did studies wether the show or its toys made children more violent. Its absurd. At the time, neither me or my friends understood why they had to change the name of the show. It didn't make any sense. And now so many years later, it still doesn't make sense. What are these people on? These shows do not affect children. When I was young one of the first things I remember watching as a really young child, was Knightrider. Did that show make me any more violent? Or did it make me more interested in cars? Or did it make me watch more episodes of Baywatch? No. The only thing it did was provide entertainment, while teaching me English. Now there's something important. Maybe episodes of Spongebob in other countries actually help children learn English as well, as long as they are not dubbed.
Last edited by Rob Van Der Sloot; 15-09-2011 at 13:12.
15-09-2011, 13:49 #7
15-09-2011, 02:31 #8
HAPPY SHOKUJI SPONNNGGGE BOB-OO
Freaking little kids. Where's the "Itadakimasu"!?
15-09-2011, 14:34 #9
I've never understood the appeal of SpongeBob (or ponies...), but I agree that it's dumb to blame the show for sloppy parenting. Honestly, from what I can recall of my preschool years, most of the cartoons I watched were on PBS. So, LOTS of Sesame Street (yeah, not a cartoon, but it has them).
The only other thing I can remember watching back then was Looney Tunes... and we ALL know that it taught valuable lessons about gravity, physics and even chemistry.
Last edited by Zalis; 15-09-2011 at 14:42.
15-09-2011, 16:10 #10
I don't know, Rob. It's dumb, but kids do dumb stuff. Common sense is developed over time. I turned out to be a productive member of society, but that doesn't mean I didn't get my arm stuck in a door one time as a very young child. (maybe 3?)
Never had any encounters with a fridge, though...