Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Stories like this just make me sign with exasperation. Of all the things we could be doing with technology and we get this: "Preschool-aged children, especially those from low-income homes, often exposed to sneaky ads and other tactics aiming to profit from their game playing." Here's the link to the full study (11 page PDF) that finds dark pattern tactics such as "parasocial pressure, time pressure, navigation constraints, and lures" used to "prolong gameplay, prompt children to re-engage with the app, exert purchase pressure, or make them watch ads."

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Stephen Downes Stephen Downes, Casselman, Canada
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Last Updated: Jun 23, 2022 10:55 a.m.