Magazines in a digital world

Do you like to read magazines? Or do you think they are a waste of money now that we can go online for anything and everything?

A large number of you do indeed think magazines have lost their relevance due to the internet – as tonylovesotis says “I can get the latest news and gossip from sites such as Twitter and pictures from all around the world that are much more timely.” The general consensus among Cafestudy members though, is yes – we do still enjoy magazines and there is still a place for them. They are seen by many people as a way to relax, and a little bit of a luxury. However many of you think the quality has massively declined in recent years, and the amount of advertising is way too high.

Among those of you who do still buy magazines, there is a split into a ‘traditional magazine reader’ camp and an ‘online reader’ camp. Traditional readers will go online if there is a competition to enter or if they want to look up more information about something they have read, however they prefer to have the physical magazine to read and re-read. Women in particular associate glossy magazines with enjoyment and relaxation, and don’t always see online as a substitute, but instead more of a complement.

Men, particularly younger men, are ahead of the ladies in tapping in to online reading – perhaps they don’t have the emotional association with magazines that women do, and the sense that reading a thick glossy magazine is a treat – a little me-time (and who doesn’t need that!). As Blondie72 says “I wouldn’t consider downloading my favourite magazines because I like to enjoy reading my magazines at the beach, by the pool, in the bathtub...”

For those women who are no longer buying as many magazines...or buying any at all, the main reasons are the rising cost of the magazines and the increasing amount of advertising. They are not always going online instead though. For those that do prefer online, it is generally on a tablet not a phone. So perhaps the main threat to traditional magazines is not so much the online content, but the tablet. Magazines do have a big advantage over iPads and other tablets though - the battery never runs out on a magazine!

    Last reply: 29th Dec 2015 / 16 replies / Post by Cafestudy Manager

Member comments


Posted by: bhealthybfit
Posted: 5th Jun 2013

bhealthybfit says: Maybe I'm old-fashioned.......I still like to relax and read magazines! Reply


Posted by: frilly
Posted: 3rd Jul 2013

bhealthybfit says: Maybe I'm old-fashioned.......I still like to relax and read magazines!

frilly says: I love real books & real magazines. The feel & smell of the paper. I am also developing a pet hate of magazines, we spend a lot of money to buy them then see a large part of an article or the pictures if we use our smart phone over a a small design on the page.
Not all of us have smart phones, we have paid for supposedly, a full magazine only to find many articles are not really complete for us unless we use the smart phone
I do not have a smart phone, believe it or not may people don't they either have an ordinary mobile phone or not even a mobile phone.
If magazines are going to enable me to only see part of the issue, maybe it should be at a lesser price. To perhaps pay $6 plus for a magazine and then need another instrument to see all of it . There should be a discount or separate publication for those of us that all is not available?
It is frustrating to be told so much is not available to us
frilly Reply


Posted by: carina12
Posted: 5th Jun 2013

carina12 says: Yes is nice to read a real one sometimes Reply


Posted by: Lollipops
Posted: 16th Jun 2013

carina12 says: Yes is nice to read a real one sometimes

Lollipops says: Amen to that! nothing quite compares to being able to turn actual pages between your fingers, on the other hand going digital helps the environment saving paper etc. and is more economically viable in my opinion, as well as this technology is more efficient than having to lug paper about with you. Reply


Posted by: bernierolls
Posted: 6th Jun 2013

bernierolls says: since i am on the internet..i don't buy any overpriced magazines..i only read them in waiting rooms.. Reply


Posted by: Swaggie
Posted: 7th Jun 2013

Swaggie says: Still prefer to read magazines, put it down and pick up where left off easily Reply


Posted by: Nolswool1
Posted: 1st Jul 2013

Nolswool1 says: Waste of money, I find everything I need now on line Reply


Posted by: stainer
Posted: 9th Jul 2013

stainer says: Why dont we just stay at home and glue our eyes to the monitor. Yes all the information you need is on the internet. But i dont wanna be pushing buttons on a laptop/computer and then spill my cuppa tea on it. I prefer the magazine. Thanks Reply


Posted by: PGS
Posted: 14th Jul 2013

PGS says: The continually increasing pices with the increasing number of ads in them stops me buying them often. I did subscribe to a few as it was cheaper and easier, but the PC one went from being a PC mag to an electronic do-dad mag so it was not renewed. The financial ones are generally pretty good, but most of the info is 2 months out of date by the time you get them.

As for the gossip mags - I don't really care what Jen/Tulisa/Brad/Mike/James... were/are/might be doing/seeing/thinking

go away

Posted by: go away
Posted: 14th Jul 2013

go away says: I love a good magazine, but it's more a special occasion buy these days because of the cost. Still nothing beats flicking through Vogue or Home Beautiful. Reply


Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 13th Aug 2013

says: Information comes much faster on internet and we don't need to cut trees for that. Reply


Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 16th Apr 2014

says: Can't beat a good magazine easy to go back and forwards looking at articles photos etc Reply


Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 16th Apr 2014

says: Can't beat a good magazine easy to go back and forwards looking at articles photos etc Reply


Posted by: ednamc
Posted: 26th May 2014

ednamc says: I love to flick through the pages of a magazine in bed before I go to sleep. Using a tablet or EReader is not the same. Reply


Posted by: Synth
Posted: 19th Jul 2015

Synth says: I wouldn't go so far as to say they are a waste of money. But do find storage an issue. We usually donate ours to medical centre's so people waiting have variety to read. Reply


Posted by: annie
Posted: 29th Dec 2015

annie says: Yes I like to read Magazines,I purchase Thats Life and Take 5 each week and they are reasonably priced.It is lovely just being able to relax and have a cuppa and read your favourite mag. Reply

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