Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Gossip site's guilty pleasure fun isn't always G-rated.

Parents say

age 18+
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Kids say

age 16+
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Positive Messages

The site doesn't set the best example of how to spend one's time online. It glamorizes the celebrity lifestyle and encourages young women to shop for expensive items their favorite stars like. 


References are no worse than a daily newspaper's. Example: a story about Stevie Wonder’s son being arrested for felony domestic violence.


More than a little mature content, including a sex advice column called Hump Day, Cosmo tips on sex positions and Nicole Kidman's nude scenes from Eyes Wide Shut. Copious coverage of celebrity baby bumps, relationships, and make-out sessions. Responsible sex education in the form of well-written pieces on birth control and a fascinating photo retrospective of female protection ads through the years.


Some rough language in member posts such as s--t and f--k. One instance of "scum-sucking bastard."


Shopping is so intertwined with content that it can be hard to tell legit stories from product pitches.  Most pages have an ad at the top, in the middle, and occasionally disguised to look like a blog entry, plus text links by designer name to ShopStyle, a sister shopping site. More product name dropping occurs in the blogs, which cover celebrities favorite booty and where you can buy it. (Lindsay Lohan fan? Pick up her new tanning lotion and a pair of her fave leggings.) Then there are Bookmarks, a set of blogs that are nothing more than fashion, beauty, fitness, pet, food, gadget, and baby product descriptions with links. Members can earn points bookmarking their own online finds and can spend the points buying virtual gifts. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Passing mentions in member posts but not glamorized. Food section includes alcoholic drink recipes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this humongous gossip site combines celebrity news, online shopping, and social networking, most of it harmless fun but some parts fairly adult in nature. The avatar bloggers and the guessing and matchup games could have been designed for celebrity-obsessed tween girls. But the sex advice, nudie movie clips and links to expensive designer brands are for the amusement of adults only.

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Adult Written byFull M. November 6, 2017

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Is it any good?

PopSugar has grown from a modest little celebrity gossip blog to a sprawling network of professionally wriitten blogs supplemented by a nice set of social networking tools. Navigating the site -- actually more than a dozen spin-off sites including BellaSugar (beauty coverage) and FitSugar (exercise) accessed from one tabbed interface -- is not easy. Sometimes it's not clear where posts end up or what some tools do. But the writing is crisp, the photos gorgeous, and the day's news filtered through the prism of celebrity, making this an addictive site teens will want to visit again and again. PopSugar is more than just beefcake shots of Robert Pattinson, though. It's also sex advice and content way beyond teens like child care and marriage communities. Despite the cartoonish avatars, PopSugar is for women, a demographic it serves well.

Online interaction: Users can interact lots of different ways: email, guestbook entries, sending and receiving virtual gifts, posting to a Twitterlike “chatter” public stream, message boards and blog comments. (When we visited in August 2009 the live chat room wasn’t working.) Moderators seem to do a good job of cleaning up any personal attacks, threats, spam or lewd images, and users have a flagging tool at their disposal. As a result, interactions are mostly friendly and respectful.

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