My father used to call the TV set in our room the “idiot box” when we were growing up. “Get away from that idiot box,” he would say if me or my brothers watched an episode of The Lone Ranger or Tobor the 8th Man. Let’s all sing now..”quick call Tobor, the mightiest robot of them allllllll!!!!!”
OK so I had a blast from the past!
But according to a new study from the University of Virginia I would have fared worse on test scores had I not been watching a dumb cartoon about a robot that saved the day. Oh, by the way Tobor is robot spelled backwards. How cool is that?
Anyway back to the study. Apparently the quick pace of programming such as SpongeBob SquarePants is the cause for children to not perform well on testing of self control and focus.
OK so here’s what the study says. Kids that watched only nine minutes of SpongeBob SquarePants did not do well in those two areas of control and focus when matched against kids that watched slow paced cartoons or spent their time coloring. Kinda like rap or acid rock music versus smooth jazz or some Anita Baker CD.
Now here’s the skinny on this. Only 60 kids were studied to come up with this research which is not a huge study. But you gotta give those putting the research together some props because even 60 kids at the age of four may have you reaching for a double shot of Xanax. And quite frankly with what I know about statistics, 60 kids is no where near enough of a sample to create a solid expectation of what is real or not real. There really needs to be a much higher sample of respondents to get even a 3% to 4% margin of error, like in the thousands for this to make sense.
But you can bet there are a lot of parents turning wringing what’s left of SpongeBob and slicing up SquarePants because of these results.
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