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Researchers study the effects of watching SpongeBob SquarePants

The typical pre-schooler watches two to four hours of television a day.  That's the focus of a study out today in the journal "Pediatrics" The real concern?  It suggests what they watch could be more damaging than how much they watch.

The study divided dozens of four year olds into three activity groups.  They either were playing with crayons, watching a slow paced cartoon, or a fast one like SpongeBob SquarePants.  

Turns out the SpongeBob kids tested the lowest in ability to focus and problem solving.

Dr. Dimitri Christakis said, "These children's brains were actually tired from all that stimulation, and they weren't as able to then focus the way they otherwise would be able to."

Experts say kids' developing brains don't have enough time to process fast-paced media. To be fair, Nickelodeon says it markets SpongeBob for kids over age six.

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