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The SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon character is the subject of a study which finds that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds. A spokesman for Nickelodeon, which airs the program, claims it's not intended for children that young.

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SpongeBob in hot water from study of 4-year-olds

The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.

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