With tablets dominating US Black Friday sales last weekend, a takeover appears to be in full swing. Perpetuating the trend are new numbers from PBS Kids that indicate tablets are tops on parents’ holiday tech purchases list, edging out videogame consoles by more than 10%.
This week, University of Chicago economists Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro open up about their research suggesting that TV’s arrival in the US had a beneficial effect on students’ cognitive achievement. I spotlight the economists’ unique methodologies and I chat with them about the detective work of finding patterns in reams of data.
In-game spending among kids has reached somewhat of an apex this year, with the UK Office of Fair Trading currently investigating the area and Apple issuing strict developer guidelines – and in some cases refunds – following parental outrage over lengthy phone bills. But a new study suggests the issue could be overblown, or at least under control, as research agency Dubit has found that only 2% of British kids are making purchases without their parent’s permission.