Last February I took a vow for Lent in which I wouldn't spend any extraneous money until Easter. You can read about it here. One of the items I gave up was magazines. Magazines call to me, at grocery stores, book stores, drug stores, everywhere. The headlines and glossy pages seem to grab me. However, what usually happens is I feel disappointed once I've finished perusing it. My Lenten vow taught me that not only could I live without magazines, I could save quite a bit of money as well. Lately, I've noticed my old habit creeping into my life. Oh, I always have excuses - I'm traveling and don't have anything to read; this is a health magazine so it will improve my life; and on and on. It seems that all magazines now mention their web sites in columns and articles, often for specific areas of interest. It's got me wondering if going to the web sites and gleaning the information provided will satisfy my need for magazines. Is it the information contained within the publications that fill a need in me? Or is it the slick, glossy photographs that mesmerize me? Or is it just a tangible need to feel the weight of the magazine in my hands?
Does anyone else have this desire for magazines? Does going to web sites provide the same satisfaction?