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What Part of Free Didn’t You Understand?

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Did you know that a majority of apps targeted at children contain ads:

(Reuters Health) – Those cute little apps your child plays with are most likely flooded with ads – some of which are totally age-inappropriate, researchers have found.

A stunning 95 percent of commonly downloaded apps that are marketed to or played by children age five and under contain at least one type of advertising, according to a new report in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. And that goes for the apps labeled as educational, too, researchers say.

That’s just terrible… oh:

The researchers scrutinized 135 of the most downloaded free and paid apps in the “age five and under” category in the Google Play app store. Among them were free apps with 5 to 10 million downloads and paid apps with 50,000 to 100,000 downloads.

Emphasis mine.

To once again quote The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). If you can download an app without paying upfront, the developer is making money in some other way. Advertisements are the quick and easy go to. In app purchases are the more sophisticated method although more difficult to execute because you need to incentivize users to buy your in app purchases. When your target audience is children, in app purchases are even more difficult because parental controls often prevent children from making purchases directly.

Instead of performing a study with an obvious result such as determining how many free apps display ads (almost all of them), a better study would be to learn why people are so foolish as to believe that they can get something for free.

Written by Christopher Burg

November 1st, 2018 at 10:30 am

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  1. Linux and other open source projects are pretty close to Free, and a few of those have been adapted to phones.

    David Johnson

    1 Nov 18 at 18:33

  2. There are a lot of companies, such as Red Hat (soon to be IBM), that pay developers a lot of money to professionally write Linux code so they can use it to make money. Fortunately, the side effect is that anybody can use the code that has been developed but it was developed to gain money.

    Christopher Burg

    2 Nov 18 at 07:20

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