Editorial Cartoon – SpongeBob is Making Your Kid Stupid

Editorial Cartoon - Spongebob Squarepants linked to Attention Deficit Disorder

So it seems our old Nickelodeon friend SpongeBob Squarepants is being blamed for causing little tykes to have attention problems.  A research study being discussed out of the University of Virginia points out that preschoolers who watch fast paced fantasy cartoons before being tested for memory, problem solving, attention etc. perform significantly worse than the ones who watched a slower paced cartoon or who were asked to draw for nine minutes.

As if this should be a surprise to anyone.  Patrick would be an MIT grad if he didn’t always hang around with SpongeBob.

Thoughts on this research?  Are you dumber from the cartoons you watched as a kid?

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  1. Friggin Loon says:

    SpongeBob Squarepants? Blahahaha it’s the Teletubbies you got to fear 🙁

  2. Friggin Loon says:

    OK, this is just so I get three comments in a row…..Sheez!!!!!

  3. Friggin Loon says:

    Shall I go for four? Hell, why not 🙂

  4. MC/Curtis says:

    I don’t think Patrick looks like a dick.
    But I’d bet any or all television makes anyone and everyone stupid.
    I like to watch a little T.V. sometimes.
    My family growing up called it letting our brains run out our ears.
    It was relaxing.

    I like how on The Sponge Bob Show you forget they are underwater but then some bubbles rise or a fish swims by and then you remember. Also sometimes they have a campfire going even though they are underwater. Otherwise it’s not too funny.

  5. James says:

    Sponge Bob made me forget if Superman had a mullet pre or post wearing his white and electric blue suit.

  6. nursemyra says:

    SpongeBob SquarePants is just Gumby in disguise isn’t he? 😉

  7. G says:

    Ya know, I put these bozos in the same class as those who decided back in the 90’s that Spongebob and Patrick were gay simply because they sometimes held hands.

    Honestly if that was the case, then my attention span would’ve been (what was that? ooooh spider web) shot to pieces after (what was that? ooooh chipmunk) watching Bugs Bunny and friends.

  8. Bo Lumpkin says:

    Most of the made for kids programs these days seem to destroy brain cells. Bring back Looney Toons. Even Scooby Doo beats the garbage they have on Saturday mornin’s now.

  9. Eh.
    When I was a kid I built plenty of ‘ACME’ inspired stuff to drop on my head and I turned out just…
    HEY! What’s that shiny thing over there…

  10. Dustin says:

    I feel like this research is just one in a long line of many claiming that TV is bad for you. I actually agree but pinning this whole thing on Sponge Bob seems a bit extreme. I’m sure you could easily switch that yellow sponge for others like Pokemon, Adventure Time or what ever popular stuff is out right now and get the same results. But at the same time, I’m not too worried about this either.

    Before Sponge Bob we had MTV with flashy music videos and we generally turned out ok. I just think parents (grand parents, day care, random people on the stree) need to take a bit more responsibility for their child’s development. I know TV is a nice way to get 24 minutes of peace and quiet, but after an episode is done, go do something fun and active to counter all the TV a young one has just watched.

    • Bearman says:

      I think they said pretty much any fast paced show would do it….not just the Bob

      My parents wouldn’t let us watch tv before six on weekdays and after homework was done

  11. MJ says:

    SpongeBob not make me stooopid.
    Ha,ha,ha! SpongeBob is a hoot to sketch.

  12. I doubt that spongebob causes ADD, i agree they may mimic symptoms of ADD after watching but probably only cause they are excited and had fun watching it

  13. DadaHyena says:

    I was raised on “Ren & Stimpy” and “Rocko’s Modern Life”, and I turned out sane and normal.


  14. George says:

    Kids are being dumbed down on every level. It’s not just SpongeBob’s fault. When I was younger you had to read because there weren’t a lot of alternatives for entertainment.

    Now, a kid’s world is filled with fun distractions. My own stepkids never go to the library and don’t read at all. Even when it comes to superheros, my son would rather watch a Spiderman cartoon than to read a Spiderman comic book, hands down.

    It’s kinda sad to me.

  15. Mark Stokes says:

    What do you expect from an organism that has no nervous, digestive or circulatory system? Talk about veggin’!

  16. planetross says:

    Why does Tony, in your free ad space, have the same pose as SpongBob?

    note: it’s probably not a good idea to watch SpongeBob just before going in for a job interview.

    double note: there should be a study on driving skills after adults watch their favourite sports team get bumped from the playoffs.

  17. alecho says:

    It all makes sense! now I know why I didn’t get into Harvard! damn you Spongeboooooooob! (Haha, naw it was because of my SAT score 😉 )

  18. Binky says:

    Cartoons and comic strips, specifically ones about wombats, have been scientifically proven to increase your IQ by at least 20 points, while simultaneously making you more attentive, easier to get along with, and more responsible, too. For the best effect, read at least one Wombie-based comic strip every day.

  19. jb says:

    Spongebob is an educational cartoon. His carrere is what most of the youth of today will be doing for the rest of there lives.

  20. duncanr says:

    Tom and Jerry

    Wile E Coyote & Roadrunner

    Them’s the buggers that retarded my development !!!


  21. That Spongebob bloke looks like a chunk of cheese to me. Can I have him??? I will love him & hug him & call him Geor… Errrm… Yummy, I will call him Yummy!!!

  22. Tony McGurk says:

    I don’t think it would have too much effect but then again you never really know for sure with modern kids. Cartoons were a lot funnier in the good ol’ days. I grew up watching Bugs & Daffy, & Elmer & Foghorn & Wile E & Roadrunner & Sylvester & Tweety & I’m a regular well adjusted bloke with no psychological problems.
    Well I do have a mental illness but I’m on medication. Other than that the cartoons didn’t affect me. That’s all folks!!!

  23. I threw a party when my kids grew out of Barney…talk about detrimental to mental health…I’m borderline retarded now. Since we’ve switched to SpongBob, I’ve stopped drooling.

  24. I hate effing spongebob.

    one of the many reasons i’ve prolonged the child making.

  25. Comedy Plus says:

    It’s probably the schools that make our kids dumber. And the universities too. Brained washing is pretty much what some of them do. I so remember as I made my way through college. Had to bite my tongue all the time.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  26. Jay says:

    Settle down preschoolers and take your equilibrium. Remember imagination is one step away from insanity.

  27. Great cartoon. Interesting study. probably being misquoted by the media.

  28. bschooled says:

    No sh*t. Just looking at Spongebob makes me want to start climbing the walls.

    For me, it was Scooby Doo. Actually, it was more Shaggy than Scooby. I got tired just listening to him.

  29. lisleman says:

    boob tube, vast wasteland have described TV shows in the past. This is nothing really new. It’s not a problem if it is used correctly.
    Maybe sponge bob should only be allowed after your bath.

  30. Nate Fakes says:

    And everyone thought Beavis and Butthead would be the ones to make us stupid.

  31. Jason says:

    Have you ever read the book “Plug-In Drug”? I watch a lot less TV since reading it. I can’t guarantee I’m a lot less stupid though.

  32. Dr. Cynicism says:

    “Patrick would be an MIT grad if he didn’t always hang around with SpongeBob.” That is the king of all retorts – thanks for the Bearman!

  33. 25BAR says:

    All I watched was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
    I still find the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull hot!

  34. I watch SpongeBob all the time and It has not effected my atten… Uh! Shine!…….

  35. Jande says:

    Well, well, another TV fantasmical I have never had the dubious pleasure of watching or inflicting on my children… Does he really look like that? Scary!

    • Barbaric Bob says:

      no in reality he looks worse O_O and that laugh of his makes your IQ drop with 1 point everytime you hear it D:

  36. Barbaric Bob says:

    how could you not end up more stupide from watching a sponge being a retard? i mean kids mimick
    thats why i grew up on dexters lab and, cow and chicken they cept my genius and retard balanced 😀


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