I missed this in the NY Times last week. Parent agonizes over whether she should buy her son what he wants for Hanukkah, which are in-app purchases allowing him to get ahead faster in his favorite iPod games.
She called up a “professor of health promotion and behavioral science” to ask if in-app purchases are good for a child or if they are like cheating (do normal parents to that to help with these sorts of parenting issues?) and the professor responded Socratically:
If you are struggling with math and your parent gets a math tutor and he or she teaches you shortcuts, is that the same as an in-app purchase?