Some use to claim that SpongeBob made kids gay because he holds hands with Patrick the Starfish while watching “The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy”. Of course I disagree with the homophobes. But now I have to admit that SpongeBob may not be good for my 7-year old. A new study published in the Journal Pediatrics says SpongeBob could ruin kids’ ability to pay attention, delay gratification, and think. Four-year-old kids who watched just nine minutes of the frenetically paced SpongeBob cartoon (scenes change every 11 seconds) did worse at concentration and self-control than kids who colored or watched the slower-paced PBS show “Caillou.” In past years, critics claimed the cartoon made kids fat (his Nickelodeon ads pushed high fructose corn syrup).