|Is Justin Changing for Selena?|
Dad: "Do you like reading Tiger Beat as a magazine?"The results of this highly selective, double-blind, super scientific survey of my eleven year-old daughter tells me that print magazines are a novelty to these kids.
Daughter: "Yeah… I guess."
Dad: "Do you read it online?"
Dad: "Which do you prefer?"
Daughter: "Online. It's much better online."
I actually got to looking at the website for Tiger Beat, and noticed that there are a lot of interesting, interactive things that kids can do online. Add to that the slick looking browse feature of this month's magazine (apparently Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are changing each other – just in case you were wondering), latest news, videos, comment features on each story, interactive polls, and most of the same glossy posters you get in the magazine… makes you wonder why a kid would even want to pick up the magazine in the first place. Then it hit me… I think she bought the magazine because I won't let her eat over by the computer and I won't let her use my iPad when she's eating breakfast. It seems that the only hope for pre-teen pop magazines is that parents all over the world making kids eat away from the computers in the house. I guess that's something for print publishers to hang their hopes on.