Smart speaker devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are making children ask for things without say “please”, research from Childwise has found.
The research found that the way individuals communicate with such devices will be reflected in how they interact with people in the real world. Given that devices like Alexa tend to ignore words like “please ” and “thank you”, Childwise believes there is a very real risk kids will speak to real people in the way they order Alexa to do things. Here at Downtime, we are still trying to figure out why Alexa can turn on the TV and increase its volume – but when asked to increase the volume again, she claims she doesn’t know how to do it. “Alexa please, please, please increase the TV volume. Thankyou”