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Mental health of children one of America's favorite cartoon characters is under fire today.
According to new research sponge Bob.
It may be making your kids don't mind.
The study suggests that children who watch the fast paced programs -- more likely to be distracted and to score lower on tests.
Think kids that watch slower paced cartoons joining us now to debate this is his creator veggie tales filled their -- And parenting expert -- -- welcome to both of you.
Thank you have regular -- make -- let me start with you what's problems finally Bob.
Well what the study showed was that shows like sponge Bob that are so -- -- hyper active hyper kinetic.
Would they showed a four year old showed a nine minute clips and after that they had a harder time of filling out -- they had a harder time even delaying gratification so there seems to be.
-- putting a four year old in front of some of these really fast pace shows like sponge Bob is -- like sitting in front of a strobe lights you know it's almost hypnotic and when you look at what's happened with -- shows over the last like thirty -- -- you go back to.
Rogers in my -- when I was a kid.
Would come -- He would sit down on the couch yes.
Get well well well I I I hear you doctor I mean mister Rogers is obviously slow pace she was wearing his party -- so -- -- think you think -- that rapid fire editing is actually good for kids don't -- actually helping people learn some process critical thinking faster.
When children speak.
Two languages they test on average ten points lower.
-- IQ test that is not to say these children are stupid.
Sponge Bob square pants is very very.
Helpful in critical thinking it's very fast pace they're throwing a lot of things that children and a very fast way.
And children are learning to process things a lot faster in the 1930s.
When Motorola wanted to put it.
The and radios in cars.
Days said that there's no way we can drive a car and have a radio in the car hobby is ridiculous what course were catching up with modern technology not me speaking of that times in modern times let's look back in 1970.
Four year -- watched three to four hours of television today today.
Four months old.
Eight hours a day so -- were much bigger consumers.
Of TV but doctor Fisher what do you think it does to four year old's brains.
Well what we've learned in this is also recent brain research is that the part of our -- that process facts and data can be trained to go faster.
The part of our brains that process in motion and making emotional connections.
Can't be trained to go faster so some -- in this case -- and I were caught with churches.
Where they're trying to speed things up because kids are used to faster TV and what we're discovering is that -- they can they can collect the data faster.
-- have a feeling about it faster so for trying to teach kids values or or help them.
Feel compassion for people and worse situations than they are we have to slow them down and that's -- the problems with these TV shows that are all cranked up to eleven.
Now let me tell you I have the web before -- respond the statement from Nickelodeon.
About this study they don't like it they said sixty non diverse kids who are not part of the -- targeted demo.
Watching nine minutes of programming is questionable methodology -- could not possibly provide the basis for any valid.
Findings that parents could trust they don't like the study web.
I agree with them I think that.
Did it -- is also older kids it's been around for twelve years and over fourteen million viewers watch it a month globally.
And it's teaching complex things what to do with disease mass hysteria and how to solve it in a very silly.
Wrapped up its fun quick ways so it's actually teaching children to process things a lot faster cancer and it also does have to do with a -- price that you like the last in the sponge -- is teaching.
I like dare you question -- thanks so much for coming in for the debate we appreciate both your first.
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