Top 10 Shocking Things That Are Making You Dumber

10. Watching SpongeBob SquarePants

There is proof that children who watch SpongeBob SquarePants and fast-paced cartoons like it perform poorer on mental tests than children who don’t watch these types of programs. When compared to children who watched educational programming or drew pictures, kids who watched SpongeBob were impaired in their executive function. The study was conducted in 2011 and appears in the journal Pediatrics. The debate as to whether cartoons are good for children has been an ongoing one, but this study certainly doesn’t make a great case for the popular Nickelodeon cartoon. Adults enjoy watching SpongeBob as well, so it’s likely that the negative effects of the animated show are prevalent in older viewers as well.
10. Watching SpongeBob SquarePants