Tabloids are basically the same thing as TV
trash or TV
They play an important social role of getting a human being back to his/her own comfortable zone after day time life full of stresses, negative information and anxiety.
For example, I have to stay at computer from 6 pm till midnight.
At 11.00 pm I switch off all phones - as I simply have no voice to talk after a working day.
At midnight I close Internet connections.
Then I have light dinner while watching sci-fi series downloaded to computer: 3-4 episodes in the row.
After 2 hours with "Star Trek" or "Star Gate" - I feel relaxed enough to go to bed at 3 o'clock in the morning.
I don't see any difference between my routine and reading tabloids.