19 Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You Dumber

Watching Spongebob Squarepants

One recent study found that watching fast paced cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants was actually impairing a child’s higher brain functions. This was especially true when compared to children who watched a great deal of educational programming. So TV doesn’t rot your brain, but cartoons apparently do.

Lack of Sleep

We’ve all felt like we weren’t all there when we were very tired. It turns out you really were suffering from reduced brain function. Lack of sleep can lead to cognitive problems. It can also increase blood pressure. High blood pressure affects memory and critical thinking and is also why obese people have cognitive problems.


One study indicates that while briefly looking at your Facebook profile helps self esteem, prolonged use of the social media site can actually dampen a person’s motivation.


Fluoride has long been one of those things the homeless crazy person on your corner has been screaming about. It turns out the chemical actually can have a negative affect on you. A Recent study shows that kids in locations where fluoride levels were high scored lower on IQ tests than children who were no. So the guy wearing the tinfoil hat might have sadly lived in a high fluoride area.