Beloved SpongeBob, who was already called gay by right-wing Christian groups -- is now being blamed for ruining the intellectual abilities of children.
You read that right: according to this article on MSNBC, a study has determined that SpongeBob is "too much for preschoolers to take in" and could reduce their attention spans to that of your average Twitter user.
From the article:
The study, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, found watching a snippet of a SpongeBob cartoon negatively affected 4-year-olds' attention spans. Watching a more realistic PBS cartoon did not.
The quality of what children watch is just as important as the quantity, Christakis, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, said in an interview.
"Most parents worry too much about how much TV their children watch and not enough about what they watch," he says. "It's not about turning the TV off. It's about changing the channel."
In the new study, it's about changing the channel from Nickelodeon to PBS.
Here's hoping that SpongeBob is still better than Jersey Shore.
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