I used to watch Spongebob Squarepants with my girls. I still do. Now, some study says that Spongebob is bad because it “hinders abstract thinking, short-term memory and impulse control in preschoolers.” Well, my girls were gradeschoolers when Spongebob hit the boobtube but the study is still worth knowing about.
The link to the news report. A snippet:
Study authors note that it’s hard to say what it was about the adventures of this friendly kitchen sponge that seemed to have such an immediate negative effect on kids, but they suspected it was the fantastical events and rapid pacing of the show…
Parents and pediatricians have often commented that the frenzied pace of many kids’ cartoons today make kids distracted and kill their attention spans.
“Fantastical events”? Tell me a kid-targeted cartoon that didn’t have “fantastical events” from Mickey Mouse, created in 1928, to the recent Cars 2 movie. From another perspective, “fantastical events” is also known as imagination.
Note that Nickelodeon objects to the study’s methodology.
Found the link via a Blogher article entitled Sweet Vindication for Parents: SpongeBob Is Bad.
Now, I don’t know what “sweet vindication” means except that it seems to suggest that there had always been more parents who objected to their kids watching Spongebob than parents who were okay with it. Is that so? Hmmmm… What I remember objecting — and actually banning — were variety shows with gyrating half-naked girls (a.k.a. Eat… Bulaga!) and telenovelas. If we have to talk about “dumbing down,” I can’t think of better examples than those.