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'SpongeBob' may be to blame for kids' attention issues, study says

'SpongeBob SquarePants' is seen in an undated promotional photo. (Nickelodeon Network)

September 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Parents may think "SpongeBob SquarePants" is harmless, but the popular character may be to blame for attention problems in young children.

A recent study of 60 children finds that watching nine minutes of the popular cartoon can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

Researchers said fast-paced cartoons pose this problem as opposed to slower-paced TV shows.

The study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.