（New York Times) New research on children and television has put SpongeBob Squarepants on the hot seat.
Researchers report that 4-year-olds who had just watched the fast-paced fantasy cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants" — which follows the undersea adventures of a yellow sponge — did worse on tests of attention and problem-solving than young children who watched a slower-paced educational program or spent time drawing.
Officials from Nickelodeon, the network that produces "SpongeBob," dismissed the significance of the study, saying in a statement that preschool-age children are not the show’s intended audience. "SpongeBob" is designed for 6- to 11-year-olds, according to the network, which questioned the study’s small sample size of white middle- and upper-middle-class children.
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