I was reading an article about the success of SpongeBob, which you can read here.
In the article two of the people who are the voices of said characters say . . .
"Another key to the show's success is that the humor hits for all age groups, said Clancy Brown, who voices Mr. Krabs. "I think adults these days are very immature," Brown said. "We are keeping them immature."
Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob himself, agreed.
"Luckily, the infantilization of the American culture has worked for us," Kenny said."
What is the infantilization of America? Simply put, keep people from growing up. Teens are children, adults are teens and so on.
Why would someone want to do this? Well there are a number of reasons I can think of. But if you can keep people immature they will rely on others to tell them what to do, what to buy, what to wear etc. There is another phrase that comes to mind here too. Dumbing down. Low expectations so everyone can reach them. Hmmmm! I don't think so.